an American philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 11, 1744; was the only daughter of Benjamin Franklin, and the wife of Richard Bache. During the Revolutionary War she organized and became chief of a band of patriotic ladies who made clothing for the soldiers, and in other ways relieved their sufferings, especially during the severe winter of 1780. At one time she had nearly 2,500 women engaged under her direction in sewing for the army. She personally collected large sums of money to provide the material for this work, and also for the purchase of medicines and delicacies for the soldiers in the hospitals, where she also personally acted as nurse. She died Oct. 5, 1808.
Entry from Everybody's Cyclopedia, 1912.