Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday.... Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

The following information is derived from FindAGrave:

Birth: Jan. 17, 1706
Death: Apr. 17, 1790

Declaration of Independence Signer, Continental Congressman, US Diplomat, Printer and Inventor. Published the "Pennsylvania Gazette" and "Poor Richard's Almanac". Famous for his confirming lightning is electricity by flying a kite in a thunderstorm. Invented bifocals, Franklin Stove and other inventions. Served as a Delegate from PA to the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1776. Signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Served as U.S. Minister to France during the Revolutionary War. Instrumental in encouraging France to side with the U.S. One of the main negotiators of the peace treaty with Britain. Signed the Treaty of Paris in 1783. His son William Franklin was the last Royalist Governor of New Jersey, remained loyal to England and died in London. Uncle of Revolutionary War New Jersey Militia Major General and US Senator Franklin Davenport. 23 U.S. States have counties named after him. Image is on the current U.S. $100 dollar bill. One of the most famous and well known 18th Century thinkers, Renaissance men and Revolutionary Patriots. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 

Christ Church Burial Ground
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Very near 5th and Arch Streets corner

Upper crypt is Benjamin and Deborah Franklin

Benjamin and Deborah Franklin

A view of the Franklin crypt through the iron fence.

Near Franklin's grave:
The Body of
B. Franklin Printer.
Like the Cover of an Old Book
Its Contents worn out
And stript of the Lettering & Gilding
Lies Here. Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be lost
For it will as he believ'd
appear once more.
In a new and more elegant Edition
Corrected and Improved
By the Author.

Benjamin Franklin
Signer of
The Constitution of the United States
September 17, 1787

Chronology of Benjamin Franklin

The Last Resting Place Of
Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin is buried at
Christ Church Burial Ground
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Christ Church Burial Ground

Christ Church Burial Ground

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