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John Peter Zenger
Birth: Oct. 26, 1697
Impflingen
Südliche Weinstraßener Landkreis
Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Death: Jul. 28, 1746
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Journalist and Newspaper Editor/Publisher. He is best known as a defendant in a landmark trial, which determined that truth was a defense against charges of libel. Born in present-day Germany, he came to New York City where he started printing The New York Journal in 1733 to voice his opinions with the trivial policies of the newly appointed colonial New York governor, William Cosby. On November 17, 1734, he was arrested on the orders of Cosby and charged with seditious libel. After spending more than eight months in prison, his case went to trial, with the illustrious Philadelphia lawyer Andrew Hamilton as his attorney. Hamilton pleaded his case directly to the jury and established the precedent that a statement, even if it is defamatory, is not libelous if it can be proved. After the arguments from both sides were finished, the jury found him not guilty of the charges. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
Burial:
Trinity Churchyard
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Plot: Body reputedly buried at this cemetery in an unmarked grave. [unmarked]
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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John Peter Zenger
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To one of my ancestors, John Peter Zenger, may you Rest In Peace. You were also a Founding Father of these United States. Thank you!
- Lisa
 Added: Apr. 11, 2017
One of the first true American heroes. Respect.
- Mikal
 Added: Aug. 12, 2015

- Lark
 Added: Jan. 17, 2015
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