One for the Books: Ben Franklin Weds Betsy Ross

A history-based love is consecrated in Philadelphia
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2008 1:23 PM CDT
Historic re-enactors Linda Wilde, as Betsy Ross, left, and Ralph Archbold, as Benjamin Franklin, sit in a horse-drawn carriage following their real-life wedding yesterday in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Betsy Ross married Benjamin Franklin last night at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, in what probably seemed to many onlookers as a bit of historical fantasy in honor of July 4th, the Inquirer reports. But this was not acting: The couple was Linda Wilde and Ralph Archbold, two of Philadelphia’s most popular historical impersonators, who just happened to get married in character.