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Bensalem Township, situated in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is made up of numerous communities, including Bensalem, Trevose, Andalusia, Bridgewater, Flushing, Oakford, Cornwells Heights, and Eddington. It was founded in 1692, only ten years after Pennsylvania was founded. There is much speculation about how the Township got its name. In 1692, the word “Salem” was mentioned in documents involving surveys and land grants. In 1701, the prefix “Ben” was prepended to the name. Early settler Joseph Growden named his residence Manor of Bensalem, which is thought to mean “son of peace,” in honor of William Penn who, as a Quaker, was indeed a son of peace. While it started out a community of farmers, by the years just before the American Revolution, it was graced with numerous patriot heroes living in Bensalem, among them, Benjamin Franklin who is said to have flown his kite and “discovered” electricity in Bensalem. Additionally, George Washington, John Adams and John Hancock stayed at local inns in the late 18th century.

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