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Franklin W. Smith

Born: Oct 9, 1826

Death: Oct 11, 1911

Birthplace: Boston

Nationality: United States

Franklin W. Smith

Date of Birth : Oct 9, 1826
Date of Death : Oct 11, 1911
Birth Place : Boston

Franklin Webster Smith was an American idealistic reformer who made his fortune as a Boston hardware merchant. He was an early abolitionist, defendant in a civilian court-martial in 1864, author, and architectural enthusiast who proposed transforming Washington, D.C. into a "capital of beauty and cultural knowledge".

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