American Philosophical Society
105 South 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Benjamin Franklin was not only one of the greatest patriots of America, but also one of the greatest inventors in history, both of objects and ideas. One of his proposals has become the esteemed American Philosophical Society. To be invited to be a member has, from the beginning, been a high honor. One such member, who accepted the honor with deep gratitude, was George Washington. In his acceptance letter, he reminds us that when someone pursues philosophical concepts such as the study of nature he is contemplating the work of the Great Creator. Washington states, “In the philosophic retreat to which I am retiring, I shall often contemplate with pleasure the extensive utility of your Institution. The field of investigation is ample, the benefits which will result to Human Society from discoveries yet to be made, are indubitable, and the task of studying the works of the great Creator, inexpressibly delightful.” Washington is in agreement with the Psalmist who says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1 (NIV).