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1787 Ben Franklin Signed Land Grant

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $11,258

Pennsylvania land grant, dated February 1, 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 grants a parcel of land to James Smith, a Captain Lieutenant of Artillery, in consideration of his services rendered in the late army of the United States. It has been signed in black ink by "B. Franklin" in his capacity as president of the Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council. Franklin's signature is slightly bolder than that of the handwritten text and grades "6" overall. 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. 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." The document (15 x 12 inches) is slightly toned and displays one horizontal and two vertical fold lines. A light stain is evident along the left border (not affecting the Franklin signature). In Very Good to Excellent condition. The document has been handsomely matted and framed together with a small illustrated likeness of Franklin to total dimensions of 28 x 19 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000+.
SOLD FOR $11,258


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