John Peter Zenger

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Birthday
26, 1697
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jul 26, 1748 (50)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
26, 1697
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jul 26, 1748 (50)

About

German American journalist who was involved in the landmark 1735 court case which established that the truth was a defense against being sued for libel.

Before Fame

He began printing The New York Weekly Journal in 1733 and used it as a vehicle to criticize governor William Cosby.

Trivia

"The Zenger Trial" established a strong precedent for upholding freedom of the press in the United States.

Family Life

His son, John, continued printing his journal after his death.

Associated With

Bronson Cutting was a 20th century American politician who also fought for freedom of the press.

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