Dr. William Bache (1773-1820)

The grandson of Benjamin Franklin visited Monticello and was sent a letter by James Monroe on June 11, 1799. It is up for auction in 2020. Albemarle, June 11, 1799, six months before commencing his second term as Governor of Virginia, to Dr. William Bache (1773-1820), the grandson of Benjamin Franklin who was then on …

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Franklin Square (DC) Renovation

Franklin Square in Washington, DC is undergoing a renovation in 2020. The idea to move the statue of Benjamin Franklin from Pennsylvania Avenue strikes me very favorably, and I’ll use this page to collect links and information. See Also June 2020: Franklin Square to Close August 2020: Tree Removal August 2020: Opinion: Move the Statue …

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From One Statue to Another

Following up on Bumping into Franklin on the West Wing, I found a sweet connection to a dear friend. The seated statuette is a copy of the James Earle Fraser statue at the headquarters of the Franklin Life Insurance Company, Springfield, Illinois, dedicated in 1949.  The Sangamon County Historical Society presents the statue on SangamonLink, …

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Hopkinson Family Archives

The Family Archives of the Hopkinson family came to auction in June 2020. One item is a book given by Dr. Franklin to Francis Hopkinson, with this commentary from the auction catalog: Thomas Hopkinson (1709 – 1751), father of Francis Hopkinson (1737 – 1791) , worked with Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) on several of …

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Franklin Statues Video

Frank Romano has given me seven minutes of dense happiness by this breezy collection of Franklin tributes. Thanks! Frank Romano Video See Also Original Story on WhatTheyThink, published July 10, 2020. Museum of Printing in Haverhill, Massachusetts.