The first Franklin medal was presented "under the direction of the President of the United States" to the Republic of France in 1906.From 1937 to 1983 the medal was given for especially noteworthy contributions to the APS.
Whitfield J. Bell in appreciation of his distinguished service to the American Philosophical Society Held in Philadelphia for Promoting Useful Knowledge, as Librarian, 1966-80, and as its Executive Officer, 1977-83.
Julia A. Noonan for 56 years of service to the Society.
George W Corner on his 90th birthday, in appreciation of services to the Society.
William E. Lingelbach for his Franklin Medal Lecture, "The Story of 'Philosophical Hall'.”
Douglas S. Freeman for his Franklin Medal Lecture "Young Washington."
Arthur H. Compton for his Franklin Medal Lecture "Atomic Energy as a Human Asset."
James B. Conant for his Franklin Medal Lecture, "The Advancement of Learning in the United States in the Post-War World."
Hugh S. Taylor for his Franklin Medal Lecture, "Large Molecules through Atomic Spectacles."
Edward S. Corwin for his Friday Evening Lecture, "Some Aspects of the Presidency."
Eduard Benes for his Penrose Memorial Lecture, "Politics as Art and Science."
William Lyon Phelps for his Evening Lecture, "Truth and Poetry."