Suite 300 The Friends of Benjamin Franklin House (the organization responsible for the restoration) note that the bones were likely placed there by William Hewson, who lived in the house for two years and who had built a small anatomy school at the back of the house. [65] Others, such as Prof. Georg Wilhelm Richmann in Russia, were indeed electrocuted in performing lightning experiments during the months immediately following Franklin's experiment. An east prospect of the city of Philadelphia, engraving, 1768, detail . The office was practically that of governor. [67], Franklin's electrical experiments led to his invention of the lightning rod. Whatever else Franklin was, concludes Morgan, "he was a true champion of generic religion." Tell your classmates about your promotion, family or latest adventure. Franklin also co-authored the first treaty of friendship between Prussia and America in 1785. The Busy-Body himself is a true Censor Morum, as Isaac Bickerstaff had been in the Tatler. Franklin wrote a scathing attack against the racial prejudice of the Paxton Boys. Coll. While Franklin was in London, his trip was extended, and there were problems with Sir William's promises of support. The book preached the importance of forming voluntary associations to benefit society. Philadelphia, Pa 19104-3111, Linda Caiazzo, Administrative Coordinator The design that was produced was never acted upon by Congress, and the Great Seal's design was not finalized until a third committee was appointed in 1782.[210][211]. Meantime, Hunter became postal administrator in Williamsburg, Virginia and oversaw areas south of Annapolis, Maryland. The Pennsylvania Gazette On October 2, 1729 Franklin seized the opportunity to purchase the Pennsylvania Gazette from his former boss, Samuel Keimer. During his stays there, he developed a close friendship with his landlady, Margaret Stevenson, and her circle of friends and relations, in particular, her daughter Mary, who was more often known as Polly. Among Benjamin's siblings were his older brother James and his younger sister Jane. In 1728, Franklin had set up a printing house in partnership with Hugh Meredith; the following year he became the publisher of a newspaper called The Pennsylvania Gazette. He declared a debt of gratitude to German scientist Otto von Guericke for his early studies of electricity. The Pennsylvania Gazette Printing was a labor intensive activity and when required he stayed until late night while his partner Meredith had taken to drinking. Philadelphia, Pa 19104-3111, Trey Popp, Senior Editor Franklin learned about forming do-good associations from Cotton Mather, but his organizational skills made him the most influential force in making voluntarism an enduring part of the American ethos. The Pennsylvania Assembly unanimously chose Franklin as their delegate to the Second Continental Congress. Benjamin Franklin followed in his grandfather's footsteps in his battles against the wealthy Penn family that owned the Pennsylvania Colony. [239], Franklin's actual grave, however, as he specified in his final will, simply reads "Benjamin and Deborah Franklin". This is succinctly preserved in his letter to the London Chronicle published November 29, 1766, titled 'On the Price of Corn, and Management of the poor'.[78]. This lucrative business arrangement provided leisure time for study, and in a few years he had made discoveries that gave him a reputation with educated persons throughout Europe and especially in France. Franklin sent them to America, where they escalated the tensions. "[202] As a young man he rejected Christian dogma in a 1725 pamphlet A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain,[203] which he later saw as an embarrassment,[204] while simultaneously asserting that God is "all wise, all good, all powerful. On July 26, 1775, Franklin was appointed Postmaster General, the first appointed under the Continental Congress. Sletcher, Michael. Franklin’s cartoon depicted the British North American colonies as a snake cut into Franklin reorganized the service's accounting system, then improved speed of delivery between Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Read more about how Benjamin Franklin franchised is business, Official Printer of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Times reported on February 11, 1998: Initial estimates are that the bones are about 200 years old and were buried at the time Franklin was living in the house, which was his home from 1757 to 1762 and from 1764 to 1775.