His Excellency Doctor Benjamin Franklin, Esq., (painting)
Peale, Charles W.
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. XVII
President of the State of Pennsylvania; was born at Bolton, 1706. By the dint of superior abilities, and with but few advantages in early life, he attained the highest eminence among men of learning, and in many instances extended the empire of the Sciences. His genius was vast and comprehensive: he with equal ease investigated Politics. . . . His philanthropy knew no bounds. The prosperity and hapPiness of the human race, were objects, which at all times attracted his attention. Disgusted with Great-Britain, and glowing with the most ardent love of the liberties of his oppressed native country, he left London, where he had resided for some years in the character of agent for several of the colonies, and early in 1775, returned to Philadelphia, and immediately was elected by the legislature of Pennsylvania, to share in the opposition to Great-Britain, as Member of Congress. Shortly after his appointment to solicit the interests of Congress in France, he failed for that country. He was no sooner landed, than universally caressed: his fame had smoothed the way for his reception in a public character. Returned to the State of Pennsylvania, of which he was elected President, 1785. Died, Philadelphia, April 7th, 1790.--aged 84 years, and 3 months. [P. 6.]
An Historical Catalogue of Peales' Collection of Paintings. "The proper study of mankind, is man." Philadelphia: Printed by Richard Folwell, No. 33, Mulberry-Street, M,DCC,XCV.