Benjamin Franklin: Philadelphia’s favorite Founding Father

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PhillyBite10Benjamin Franklin: Philadelphia’s favorite Founding Father continues to influence his adopted city. His name, likeness and philosophies permeate Philadelphia, and for good reason. The short list: He discovered electricity in storm clouds; founded the University of Pennsylvania, the American Philosophical Society and the country’s first volunteer fire department; invented bifocals, swim fins and the lightning rod; published Poor Richard’s Almanack and the country’s first political cartoon; helped to draft the Declaration of Independence; and signed the Declaration and the Constitution. What does his gravestone say? “Printer.” Franklin fans throw pennies on it—in honor of his penny-saved-penny-earned advice—at Christ Church Burial Ground. Arch Street, between 4th & 5th Streets, (215) 922-1695, christchurchphila.org

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