1697-1746; Am. journalist & publisher, born in Germany: defendant in a landmark libel case (1735)
Webster's New World
Zenger Sentence Examples
The case was not brought to trial until August 1735, and in the meantime Zenger was kept in jail.
In 1733 a popular organ, the New York Weekly Journal, was established under John Peter Zenger (1697-1746), and in 1735 both the freedom of the press and a great advance toward the independence of the judiciary were the outcome of a famous libel suit against Zenger.
For printing these Zenger was arrested for libel in November 1734.