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    Benjamin Franklin Signed Land Grant. 15.5" x 12.5", vellum, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, July 13, 1787. This certificate granting a parcel of land to Joseph McGuffin is signed "B. Franklin" at left center. Above the signature is the official Seal of the State of Pennsylvania. One of the most legendary figures in U.S. history, "founding father" Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was an author, political theorist, politician, abolitionist, printer, scientist, inventor, musician, civic activist, and diplomat. Often referred to as "The First American," he served as Postmaster General, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Commissioner to France, and President of the Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage. When he signed this document, Franklin's official title was President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania (analogous to the modern position of Governor). The verso includes two seals and handwritten information pertaining to Joseph McGuffin. The document is in good condition with folds, soiling, minor creases and staining, and warping from previous exposure to moisture.

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