Philadelphia Ben Franklin reenactor Ralph Archbold, 75, dies

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 5, 2017 10:33 AM

FILE PHOTO: Linda Wilde portraying Betsy Ross and Ralph Archbold as Ben Franklin. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Philadelphia) -- A popular reenactor who portrayed Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia for more than 40 years and married a woman who portrays Betsy Ross has died.

The Alleva Funeral Home in Paoli confirms that Ralph Archbold died on March 25. He had turned 75 on January 17th, a birthday he shared with Franklin.

Archbold was a frequent fixture in the city's historic area and took his homage to Franklin to events around the world.

He and Linda Wilde married in costume at Independence Hall on July 3, 2008.

A family statement lists two sons, two daughters and a stepdaughter among his other survivors.

A funeral home spokesman says the services held for Archbold were private.

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