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Passy is an exclusive suburb on the Right Bank of Paris, France and traditional home to many of the city's wealthiest residents.

It is best known to Americans for being the home of patriot Benjamin Franklin for the nine years that he lived in France during the American Revolutionary War. At the time, Passy was a separate village.

Franklin established a small press in his Passy home, to print pamphlets and other material as part of his job to maintain French support of the revolution. He called it the Passy Press. Among other things, he printed passports, even developing a special typeface known as "le Franklin." He also printed a 1782 treatise titled "A Project for Perpetual Peace," that laid out a vision for maintaining a permanent peace in Europe. It proposed for a central governing council, with representatives of all the nations of Europe, that would rule over international disputes.

When Franklin returned to America, the new ambassador to France, Thomas Jefferson, wrote, "When he left Passy, it seemed as if the village had lost its patriarch."

American railroad tycoon William Kissam Vanderbilt also kept a home in Passy.

The Cimetière de Passy, located at 2, rue du Commandant Schœlsing, is the burial place for many of well known persons including American silent film star Pearl White, the painters Edouard Manet and Berthe Morisot, and composer Claude Debussy.de:Passy (Paris)

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