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Lot # 1722 (1722 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1787 Ben Franklin Signed Appointment

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $16,800

Official Commonwealth of Pennsylvania appointment, dated October 22, 1787, signed by Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American statesman, printer, scientist, and writer. The large, one-page document, which is both printed and handwritten, was issued by the Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and appoints Benjamin Elliott as Sheriff of Huntington County. It has been signed along the upper left border in black ink by "B. Franklin" in his capacity as president of the Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council. Franklin's signature is boldly scripted and grades "9." The document is also signed at the base by a witness. The official state seal (badly faded) remains affixed in the upper left corner, just above Franklin's signature. An embossed seal of the Commonwealth appears along the base. Benjamin Franklin was one of the most important figures in American history and helped draft the Declaration of Independence, which he later signed. Franklin was appointed President of the Pennsylvania Executive Council in 1785 following his return from Europe, where he helped draft the Treaty of Paris. He passed away in 1790 at the age of 84. At the time of his death he was commonly referred to as the "wisest man in America." Ben Franklin signed documents are very rare and highly prized. (For reference, in years past, REA has offered three Ben Franklin signed documents, and each has sold for in excess of $10,000.)

SOLD FOR $16,800

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