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Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Promissary notes no. 15, no. 16 to raise funds for Pennsylvania hospital

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06877 Author/Creator: Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Document signed Date: 1751/05/01 Pagination: 2 p. 20 x 15.8 cm

Summary of Content: First American incorporated public hospital; no. 16 is signed in by Franklin; subscribers signatures excised as cancellation.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

People: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: American StatesmenCharity and PhilanthropyFinanceHospitalHealth and Medical

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