Where is Benjamin Franklin buried? – 2017

Where is Benjamin Franklin buried?



Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, PA




On April 17, 1790, Benjamin Franklin died after developing empyema at the age of 84. On April 21, his funeral procession lead to the State House in Philadelphia, where citizens of the city carried his coffin to his burial site. He was then buried at the Christ Church Burial Ground next to his wife Deborah who had passed 25 years before him. It is said that an estimated 20,000 people gathered to pay their respects to Franklin the day of his funeral. Source: Independence Hall Association





Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705]– April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a renowned polymath and a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia’s fire department and The University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League institution.

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