Benjamin Franklin Statue
Public Art : Benjamin Franklin Statue
Sculptor: © Ernst Plassman (1823-1877)
Description: The bronze statue of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) an American
scientist, inventor, journalist, statesman, philosopher and journalist. If you look very closely he is
carrying a Monday copy of the Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper in his hand.
Date Unveiled: The Benjamin Franklin statue
dedicated on January 17th, 1872, the 166th anniversary of Franklin’s birth. The statue was unveiled by artist and
inventor Samuel F. Morse (1791–1872) and newspaper publisher Horace Greeley (1811–1872) delivered the keynote
Funded By: The Franklin statue was a gift to the City
by Albert De Groot (1813–1884), a retired Hudson Valley steamboat captain.
Location: The Benjamin Franklin statue can be
found at Printing House Square at the intersection of Park Row and Brooklyn Bridge approach, New York.
Quote : Charles C. Savage, speaking on behalf
of the New York Typographical Society during dedication “It is appropriate that this statue should be erected
in this centre of our trade, in the very midst of our craft-work, instead of in Central Park; for Franklin’s life
was devoted to practical hard work, rather than to the ornamental and the recreative.”