The Death of Benjamin Franklin – 17 April 1790

Posted on April 16th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘Anecdotes of Dr Franklin’

Benjamin Franklin, one of the ‘Founding Fathers’ of the United States of America died in Philadelphia on 17 April 1790.

Franklin was no mere politician, however, and also worked as a writer, printer, scientist, inventor and musician. In short, he was a ‘Renaissance Man’ and a true son of ‘the Enlightenment’.

We found this terrific newspaper tribute to Franklin in ‘The Caledonian Mercury’ (published on 5 July 1790 – which just goes to show how fast news travelled even in the late 18th Century), and thought we’d post this article on the blog.

historical newspaper story about The Death of Benjamin Franklin

Caledonian Mercury – Monday 05 July 1790

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