The obvious choice for the first Postage Stamp of the United States of America would have been General George Washington, of course, the First President and symbol of the Revolution and Independence. Instead of Mr. Washington, the learned Benjamin Franklin was chosen. The reason for choosing Franklin was to underline the notion that the U.S. was formed as a democracy in which no one man, however great, would be chosen as an elected ‘King’. Mr. Washington would make many appearances on the Postage Stamps of the United States in the succeeding years. This is a handsome U.S. #1 used with a circular grid cancel and full, even margins. A Very Fine Stamp. Our Price $425.