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About Franklin Peale

Benjamin Franklin Peale (1795 - 1870), was born in Philadelphia on October 15th, 1795, one of the sons of famed artist Charles Willson Peale. When he was born, his father requested that the members of the American Philosophical Society give him his name and he was named after the founder of the society, Benjamin Franklin. For most of his life he was known simply as Franklin. Young Peale early on showed a taste for mechanics, and his father gave him every facility to improve himself in any direction in which nature seemed to lead him. Part of his general education was received at the University of Pennsylvania and part at the Germantown Academy. At the age of seventeen he entered the machine shop of Hodgson & Bro. in Delaware. He soon grew to be a skilled mechanic and draughtsman. Some time after, he became manager of his father's Museum. He assisted Matthias Baldwin in the construction of the first locomotive built in this country. From 1822 until 1833 he was employed as the manager of the Philadelphia Museum.

In 1833 Peale entered the Mint Service in Mint Director Samuel Moore’s office. Moore sent Franklin to Europe for two years to observe other Mint facilities and gather information for technological coining improvements for the U.S. Mint, as Assistant Assayer. Once Peale returned from Europe, many new pieces of equipment were installed, culminating in the introduction of new steam presses in late 1835 and early 1836. He was made the Chief Coiner after Adam Eckfeldt retired and recommended him for the post. He held this position until 1854, although leaving under some interesting circumstances, and he passed away on May 5th, 1870.

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