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Benjamin Franklin's Many “Hats”: Hiram Powers statue

Detail of Hiram Powers statue of Benjamin Franklin, 1861b
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Benjamin Franklin by Hiram Powers

Ben Franklin, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and of the Constitution, was also a philanthropist, a community leader, patriot, and Founding Father. The NEH Picturing America Resource Book includes an article on Hiram Powers's marble sculpture of Franklin with questions to prompt student analysis, research, and discussion.