Benjamin Franklin's Suit, 1778

Photo: Harold Dorwin, Smithsonian
April 18, 2012
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Photo: Harold Dorwin, Smithsonian

Benjamin Franklin, with his unadorned clothes and speech, and his fur cap, quick wit, and humble charm, came to symbolize for many what it meant to be an American during the Revolutionary War. In Paris to help negotiate an alliance with France, Franklin stood out at the court of Louis XVI with plain clothing such as this silk suit.


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