Franklin Peale (1795–1870) was an employee and officer of the
Philadelphia Mint from 1833 to 1854. He was the son of painter Charles
Willson Peale, and was born in the museum of curiosities that his father
ran in Philadelphia. For the most part, Franklin Peale's education was
informal, though he took some classes at the University of Pennsylvania.
He became adept in machine making. In 1820, he became an assistant to
his father at the museum, and managed it after Charles Peale's death in
1827. In 1833, Peale was hired by the Mint of the United States
("Mint"), and was sent for two years to Europe to study and report back
on coining techniques. He returned with plans for improvement, and
designed the first steam-powered coinage press in the United States,
installed in 1836. Peale was made Melter and Refiner of the Philadelphia
Mint that year, and Chief Coiner three years later upon the retirement
of the incumbent, Adam Eckfeldt, who continued in his work without pay.
Eckfeldt's labor allowed Peale to run a medal business using Mint
property. This sideline eventually caused Peale's downfall: conflicts
with Engraver James B. Longacre and Melter and Refiner Richard Sears
McCulloh led to Peale being accused of misconduct, and he was dismissed
by President Franklin Pierce in 1854. In retirement, Peale continued his
involvement in and leadership of many civic organizations; he died in
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