Christ Church Burial Ground

Christ Church Burial Ground (HM5XZ)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19106 Philadelphia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 57.149', W 75° 8.896'

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Christ Church Burial Ground is most famous as the final resting place of Benjamin Franklin, a man who captured the spirit of his age and of the city. Franklin's genius touched nearly every aspect of Philadelphia's life and produced many achievements. Franklin had an international reputation as a scientist because of his pioneering study of electricity.

He used his fame abroad and his diplomatic skills to negotiate the Alliance with France in 1778 and the Peace with Britain in 1783, achievements as important to the cause of American independence as any battle.

Christ Church Burial Ground contains the graves of some of America's greatest patriots, including five signers of the Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Francis Hopkinson (1737-1791), Dr. Benjamin Rush (1746-1813), George Ross (1730-1779) and Joseph Hewes (1730-1779). The burial ground has been in use continuously since 1719, when the Vestry of Christ Church purchased this site because there was no room in the churchyard for interments and the land near the church was too marshy.

Other notables interred in Christ Church Burial Ground: Commodore William Bainbridge (1774-1833), the hero of the War of 1812; Thomas Willing (1731-1821), president of the First Bank of the United States; John Dunlap (d. 1812), printer of the first broadside of the Declaration of Independence; Captain William Budden (d. 1766), who brought the Liberty Bell and Christ Church bells to America; Philip Syng (1703-1789), silversmith who fashioned the inkstand used by the signers of the Declaration of Independence; and Michael Hillegas (1729-1804), the first Treasurer of the United States.
HM NumberHM5XZ
Series This marker is part of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence series
Placed ByOld Philadelphia Congregations
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 8:27pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 487335 N 4422493
Decimal Degrees39.95248333, -75.14826667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 57.149', W 75° 8.896'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 57' 8.94" N, 75° 8' 53.76" W
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Area Code(s)267, 484, 215, 610
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-498 PA-3007, Philadelphia PA 19106, US
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