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Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Benjamin Franklin

1706 - 1790

 
 
Benjamin Franklin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, August 16, 2014
1. Benjamin Franklin Marker
Inscription.
Printer, Scientist, Philanthropist,
Diplomat and Statesman
A Man of Towering Eminence
As Publisher of Poor Richard's Almanac
he provided America in its upbuilding
with a practical Philosophy
and enriched its common speech
with a wealth of proverbs
He believed that reason and work
ar the paths to progress
His humorous, realistic, far-ranging mind
the liberalism of his political and social philosophy.
The manifold services he rendered to his fellowmen,
made him one of the greatest Americans.
He lived as a boy at the corner of Union
and Hanover Streets.
The house formerly standing in Unity Street
at the head of this Mall was owned by him
and occupied by his sisters.

 
Location. 42° 21.955′ N, 71° 3.241′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker can be reached from Unity Street. Click for map. Marker is in Paul Revere Mall. Marker is in this post office area: Boston MA 02113, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Tileston / To Those Men of the North End (here, next to this marker); Christ Church (here, next to this marker); John Greenwood / Ann Pollard / Harriot Keziah Hunt / Charlotte Saunders Cushman
Benjamin Franklin image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
2. Benjamin Franklin
This c. 1785 portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Joseph Siffred Duplessis hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“Benjamin Franklin, in his day the most famous American in the world, was renowned for his scientific accomplishments as much as for his political and diplomatic triumphs. Known as a 'natural philosopher,' as scientists were termed in the eighteenth century, Franklin was celebrated for his experiments with electricity, but he also conducted experiments in other areas and invented devices as varied as a stove and bifocal eyeglasses. He also reorganized and expanded the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia and was often the conduit for correspondence between Americans and Europeans who were studying botany, chemistry, physics, and other sciences. By the mid-1780s, when this portrait was created, Franklin was representing the new republic in France, where he was revered for his wit and scientific knowledge. ” — National Portrait Gallery
(here, next to this marker); Samuel Tucker / Increase Mather / Edward Holyoke / Edward Everett / Christian Gullager (here, next to this marker); Sir William Phips / Joseph Warren / John Manley / Edmund Hartt (here, next to this marker); The Salutation Tavern / The Green Dragon Tavern (a few steps from this marker); St. Stephen's Church (a few steps from this marker); The Men of the North End (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Boston.
 
Categories. Patriots & Patriotism
 
Paul Revere Mall image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, August 16, 2014
3. Paul Revere Mall
 
 
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