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Christ Church Burial Ground

1719

 
 
Christ Church Burial Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
1. Christ Church Burial Ground Marker
Inscription. Christ Church Burial Ground is most famous as the final resting place of Benjamin Franklin, a man who captured the spirit of his age and of the city. Franklin's genius touched nearly every aspect of Philadelphia's life and produced many achievements. Franklin had an international reputation as a scientist because of his pioneering study of electricity.

He used his fame abroad and his diplomatic skills to negotiate the Alliance with France in 1778 and the Peace with Britain in 1783, achievements as important to the cause of American independence as any battle.

Christ Church Burial Ground contains the graves of some of America's greatest patriots, including five signers of the Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Francis Hopkinson (1737-1791), Dr. Benjamin Rush (1746-1813), George Ross (1730-1779) and Joseph Hewes (1730-1779). The burial ground has been in use continuously since 1719, when the Vestry of Christ Church purchased this site because there was no room in the churchyard for interments and the land near the church was too marshy.

Other notables interred in Christ Church Burial Ground: Commodore William Bainbridge (1774-1833), the hero of the War of 1812; Thomas Willing (1731-1821), president of the First Bank of the United States; John Dunlap (d. 1812), printer of the first broadside
Christ Church Burial Ground Wall image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
2. Christ Church Burial Ground Wall
Benjamin Franklin's Burial Place.
of the Declaration of Independence; Captain William Budden (d. 1766), who brought the Liberty Bell and Christ Church bells to America; Philip Syng (1703-1789), silversmith who fashioned the inkstand used by the signers of the Declaration of Independence; and Michael Hillegas (1729-1804), the first Treasurer of the United States.
 
Erected by Old Philadelphia Congregations.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Signers of the Declaration of Independence marker series.
 
Location. 39° 57.149′ N, 75° 8.896′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Arch Street and 5th Street on Arch Street. Click for map. Marker is on the southeast corner of Arch & 4th Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chronology of Benjamin Franklin (here, next to this marker); The Last Resting Place of Benjamin Franklin (here, next to this marker); David Salisbury Franks (a few steps from this marker); Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society (within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Hopkinson (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Franklin (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Haym Salomon (about 400 feet away); National Funeral For President Washington (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Christ Church & Burial Ground markers.
 
Also see . . .  Joseph Hewes Biography. A good biography of Joseph Hewes - Signer of the Declaration of Independence from North Carolina. (Submitted on September 26, 2008, by Michael of Des Moines, Iowa.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial EraHeroesNotable PersonsPatriots & Patriotism
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,173 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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