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Benjamin Franklin
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Masonic Hand Sign Pointing Up
Masonic Hand Sign Pointing Up
Born 1706-01-17
Died 1790-04-17
Founding Father of the United States, Inventor.
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Franklin purchased the paper from the original owner Samuel Keimer one year after he started it.
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Story has two versions, first as reported in Masonic Lodge literature - while Benjamin Franklin was attending the initiation of a person into the Masonic Lodge his shirt caught fire and was burned severely which “resulted in his death”.

Second account by author H. Paul Jeffers states that: “When apothecary Evan Jones learned that his apprentice, Daniel Rees, wanted to become a Freemason, he and other apprentices decided to pretend to be members and stage a mock initiation ceremony by dressing up like devils. Informed of the plan, Franklin treated it as a good joke, but quickly changed his mind. He sought to alert Rees, but was unable to find him. During the fake ceremony, Jones required Rees to swear obedience to the devil and seal the oath by kissing the behinds of the other apprentices. In the culmination of the initiation, Jones poured hot brandy on Rees. The resulting burns proved to be so severe that they became infected and Rees died. Convicted of manslaughter at a trial in which Franklin was prosecution witness, Jones was punished by having his hand branded.”
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While restoring the historic home of Benjamin Franklin builders found the remains of six children, and four adults burred in the cellar. It was also found that over 2000 human bone fragments were found buried in the garden of the same house. It is believed that Franklin allowed fellow scientist William Hewson to preform human dissections in his home after Hewson had a disagreement with a fellow associate. No real investigation as to if the people buried there were stolen from graves or murdered.