103 Benjamin Franklin

A painting of Benjamin Franklin from 1778

Does Benjamin Franklin’s Ghost Exist?

Does Benjamin Franklin’s ghost exist? Benjamin Franklin was the most famous American in his day because of his inventions, writings, and Revolutionary War assistance. But has he decided to stay around after he died?  Listen and vote!

Questions Explored in this Episode 

What was Benjamin Franklin’s childhood like? What was his first job and when did he start the “Poor Richard’s Almanack”? What were some of his most famous inventions? Did he ever marry or have children? Why was he so famous? What was his role in the American Revolution? Where do people claim to see his ghost most often? What do they claim his ghost does as he wanders the streets of Philadelphia? Is his ghost real?  


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Philadelphia - Old City: Library Hall - Benjamin Franklin
Wally Gobetz
Philadelphia – Old City: Library Hall – Benjamin Franklin

History of Benjamin Franklin

Pat explores the history of Ben Franklin and how he went from a tradesman’s son to a printer, then a writer, then an inventor, then a statesman.   

The Debate

Pat and Rebecca debate if Franklin still haunts this earth. Some claim his spirit dances through the streets of Philadelphia in the form of his statue on the outside of the Philosophical Society’s Library Hall.

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Sources for this Week’s Episode

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin

History.com – https://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/benjamin-franklin

Biography.com: https://www.biography.com/scholar/benjamin-franklin

The Hairpin: https://www.thehairpin.com/2016/07/searching-for-ben-franklins-dancing-ghost/

Philly Ghosts: https://phillyghosts.com/the-american-philosophical-library/

Panicd:  http://www.panicd.com/encyclopedia/ben-franklin.html

Patch.com: https://patch.com/pennsylvania/bensalem/benjamin-franklins-ghost-electrifies-bensalem

Visit Philly – Benjamin Franklin Museum: https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/benjamin-franklin-museum/

Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers

Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann

Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb

Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann

“Pat Facts” and “Ghost Story” themes by Mondo

“Time for a Debate” theme by Gail Gallagher gailgallaghermusic.com