Armchair (English, French style), ca. 1765
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Photo by Thomas Heller, 2006 (reupholstered)

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"Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World," Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary traveling exhibition, 2005-2008
Otherwise on ongoing display at the Franklin Institute.
A letter recorded in the Institute's curatorial files, though the original was not found at the time of this project, cited the chair's history. In that letter, dated March 2, 1934, Dr. Adinell Hewson states: "I and my sons are donating to the Franklin Institute through you 'The Benjamin Franklin Chair' which has been in the possession of our family since Benjamin Franklin gave it to Mary Stevenson Hewson, widow of William Hewson, F.R.S., who in turn left it to her son Thomas Tickle [actually "Tickell"] Hewson, M.D., who left it to his children, my father Addinell Hewson, M.D. of Phila. being one of them. After the death of all of them I became its possessor and feel that the rightful place for it is in the magnificent memorial erected to Benj. Franklin. Would suggest that the label read 'Given by Benj. Franklin to Mary Stevenson Hewson, widow of William Hewson, F.R.S., the great-grandmother of the donor Addinell Hewson, M.D. of Phila." Terms of Use Credits