Benjamin Franklin's Grave, Christ Church Cemetery, N 5th and Arch Sts., Philadelphia, Pa. Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, 1706 and arrived at Philadelphia at the age of 17. He was a great inventor, a successful printer, the first Postmaster General and founder of the University of Pennsylvania. Of all the Patriots. Franklin was the only one to sign all four of the great state papers that achieved our independence, - the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Peace with England and the Constitution of the United States. He was venerated for benevolence, admired for talents, esteemed for patriotism and beloved for philanthropy.