Benjamin Franklin
Burial Location Visited DoI Signer Grave #
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania June 18, 2007 3rd Visited


When Benjamin Franklin died in 1790, his                                                 Franklin was one of five men who drafted
body was interred in the Christ Church Burial                                           the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Ground in Philadelphia.


It is not uncommon for people to                                                                                        On this plaque is Franklin's
leave coins at graves such as                                                                                                epitaph, written by himself.
Franklin's as it is believed that
doing so will bring the visitor
good luck.

*** Background on Benjamin Franklin ***

* During his youth, Franklin became an apprentice to his brother James, who was a printer. A short time after, James started a newspaper entitled The New-England Courant. Benjamin wished to write an editorial letter and submit it to the paper, but his brother forbade him from doing so. Cleverly, Benjamin wrote his letter, but at its end replaced his own name with the pseudonym Silence Dogood. Under this new persona as a middle aged widow, Franklin was able to submit fourteen amusing letters to The New-England Courant, which were published by his unsuspecting brother. Upon discovering that Dogood did not really exist, James became infuriated with his younger sibling. Breaking the law, Franklin fled from his brother's print shop in Boston to the city of Philadelphia.

* At the age of twenty, Franklin made a list of what he believed were the greatest virtues, and promised himself that he would do his best to practice one of the virtues every week. The thirteen virtues he lived by were temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquillity, chastity, and humility. Self-admittedly, Franklin fell short of his goal many times.

* When he was twenty-two, Franklin wrote his own epitaph, hoping that its words would one day lay across his grave. The epitaph read, "The body of B. Franklin Printer; Like the Cover of an old Book, Its Contents torn out, And Stript of its 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."  A plaque bearing these words is located on a brick wall beside his burial site.

* Franklin was one of the greatest and most talented inventors of his time. He created the lightning rod, the Franklin stove, and bifocal glasses. He established one of the first volunteer fire departments in the colonies. He also created some of the world's most popular sayings. It was in his yearly almanac called "Poor Richard's Almanack" that the phrase "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise," was first used.

* The political cartoon entitled Join or Die was created by Benjamin Franklin. The purpose of having the snake cut up into pieces was to show that as separate colonies, the rebel cause was hopeless. But if they united, they could become vicious and defeat the British. Another example of Franklin's great foresight and wisdom.

Spouse: Deborah Read Franklin (1730-1774)

Last Words: "A dying man can do nothing easy."

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