Constructed in 1874, in front of the Old City Hall stands the eight foot tall statue of Benjamin Franklin. Created by Richard S. Greenough, this statue was the first public statue of a person to be installed in the city of Boston. This statue was built to commemorate Benjamin Franklin on all of his achievements.
Known for being an inventor, writer, politician, and leader, Benjamin Franklin was one of the most influential people in the creation of American Democracy. Franklin was the only person to sign all four of the documents that created our democracy today: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, The Treaty of Alliance with France, and The Treaty of Peace with Great Britain. Not only was Franklin apart of the Continental Congress and the country’s Ambassador to France, but he also discovered electricity through his famous kite and bronze key experiment.