Isaac Franks and Religious Freedom

Color image of a detail of a painting of Isaac Franks, a man with white hair and blue eyes.  He wears a black coat and white stock.
Detail, Isaac Franks by Gilbert Stuart, 1802

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

When Franks came to Philadelphia from New York, he contributed to Mikveh Israel Synagogue until his marriage in the Swedish Lutheran Church, Gloria Dei. Although not active in a synagogue, Franks continued to work on behalf of Philadelphia's Jewish community. A prosperous merchant, Franks rented his home in Germantown to President George Washington twice during the 1790s.

Franks' home, the Germantown White House, is part of Independence Park.

Last updated: September 3, 2016

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