(1706 - 1790)
Franklin's interest in the scientific culture of the 18th century
drew him into many positive acquaintances and associations. It
was Franklin's friendship with Dr. Thomas Bond that inspired
him to assist in the founding of Pennsylvania Hospital.
Franklin served on the Pennsylvania Hospital Board of Managers
from 1751 until his resignation in 1757. He was the first secretary
of the original Board, and its second President. Up to the time
of his death on April 17, 1790, he remained supportive of the
hospital, which owes -- to a great extent -- its very existence
to his efforts.
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