Benjamin Franklin Monument

Printing House Square

 

The Benjamin Franklin Monument in Printing House Square was unveiled on January 17, 1872, the 166th anniversary of Franklin’s birth.

The sculpture was made by the German sculptor Ernst Plassman (1823–1877). It was a gift to the City by Albert de Groot (1813–1884), a retired Hudson Valley steamboat captain. The statue was unveiled in a ceremony in which inventor Samuel Morse (1791–1872) removed the shroud and Horace Greeley (1811–1872), founder of The New York Tribune, delivered the keynote address.

Among other things, Franklin was a publisher and also excelled in matters of public affairs and government.

On the right, vintage photograph from mid 20th century (NYC Parks).

 

Benjamin Franklin

 

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Tribune Building 1966

 

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