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Zenger

[zeng-er, -ger] /ˈzɛŋ ər, -gər/
noun
1.
John Peter, 1697–1746, American journalist, printer, and publisher, born in Germany: his libel trial and eventual acquittal (1735) set a precedent for establishing freedom of the press in America.
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  • Freedom of the press, in America, was established by the trial of the printer Zenger.

    The Collector Henry T. Tuckerman
  • Andrew Hamilton of Philadelphia defended Mr. Zenger with law, wit, learning, and eloquence.

  • Zenger, in his Weekly Journal, vigorously criticized this and other despotic actions of the governor.

  • Attempts were made to have Zenger indicted, but the grand jury refused to bring in a bill.

    Old Taverns of New York

    William Harrison Bayles
  • For this they were silenced, and John Chambers was appointed by the court counsel for Zenger.

    Old Taverns of New York

    William Harrison Bayles
  • Zenger was released from prison, after having been confined for more than eight months.

    Old Taverns of New York

    William Harrison Bayles
  • Pamphletts describing the Zenger trial and acquittal were published and republished in London and the colonies.

  • The trial of Zenger occasioned great excitement on both sides of the East River.

  • Zenger's lawyer argued that the jury must decide on whether or not the publication was libellous.

    The Colonization of North America Herbert Eugene Bolton
  • The verdict for Zenger, when it finally came, was the signal for an outburst of popular rejoicing.

    History of the United States Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard

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