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Celebrate Benjamin Franklin's Birthday


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Pennsylvania Politics: Franklin to Rendell

Benjamin Franklin
Edward G. Rendell
Benjamin Franklin and the Hon. Edward G. Rendell

Long known for his role in American national and international diplomacy, Benjamin Franklin also played a major role in Pennsylvania politics. From 1736-1751 he served as clerk for the Pennsylvania Assembly, and in 1765 became the 23rd Speaker of the Assembly. On October 18, 1785 he was elected President of the Supreme Council of Pennsylvania (now the office of Governor) by the legislature, a position he held until November 5, 1788. Franklin presided over major events during his tenure including Pennsylvania’s ratification of the Constitution of the United States.

On January 21, 2011 Celebration! Benjamin Franklin, Founder will be awarding Pennsylvania’s most recent governor its Franklin Founder award in recognition of the tremendous benefits he has brought to the Commonwealth and to Philadelphia, Franklin’s adopted city. A morning seminar will explore the issues and tensions of Pennsylvania politics from Franklin’s time to the present.

Join us afterwards for our annual procession to Franklin’s grave at the Christ Church Burial Ground and then for a luncheon at the Down Town Club where the Hon. Edward G. Rendell will be presented with the Franklin Founder bowl.

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Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Free and open to the public

Pennsylvania Politics: Then and Now
  • Dr. Joseph Foster, Ph.D. history professor at Temple University, “Old Foes: The politics of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Penn”
  • Hon. Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania State Representative, “Contemporary Politics in Pennsylvania”
  • Dick Polman, political journalist, Introducer and Moderator
Procession to Franklin's Grave
Free and open to the public

Join hundreds of other Franklin admirers for this annual parade as we march with banners, flags and music from the Library of the American Philosophical Society to the Christ Church burial ground to pay tribute to Dr. Franklin.
Luncheon (Registration required)
Down Town Club
6th & Chestnut Streets, Public Ledger Building, Philadelphia, PA 19106

This year's Celebration Committee has awarded the Franklin Founder Award to the Hon. Edward G. Rendell, who will deliver a keynote address, "Pennsylvania Politics: Franklin To Rendell."

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