Who is Benjamin Franklin?

  • (noun): Printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics; he helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; he played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; as a scientist he is remembered particularly for his research in electricity (1706-1790).
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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass 'armonica'. He facilitated many civic organizations, including a fire department and a university.

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Staten Island Peace Conference - Background
... discussed colonial grievances informally with Benjamin Franklin in 1774 and 1775, without resolution ... Lord Howe then sent a letter to Benjamin Franklin detailing a proposal for a truce and offers of pardons ... After Franklin read the letter in Congress on July 30, he wrote back to the admiral that "Directing pardons to be offered to the colonies, who are the very parties injured, can have no other effect ...
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... known simply as "Leo Lemay," he was most renowned for his lifelong fascination with Benjamin Franklin, although he wrote on many topics, including Edgar Allan Poe, Ebenezer Cooke ... of America to edit two of its selections on Franklin ... His edition of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, co-edited with Paul Zall, is generally recognized as the most authoritative ...
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... Strohecker (1852–1854) Benjamin Franklin Ross (1855–1856) A ... Lewis Burgess Wilson (1948–1953) Benjamin Franklin Merritt, Jr ... Wilson (1960–1963) Benjamin Franklin Merritt, Jr ...
For Want Of A Nail (proverb) - Historical References
... -Benjamin Franklin The Way to Wealth (1758) Variation A little neglect may breed mischief.. ... Benjamin Franklin Poor Richard's Almanac, preface (1758) "For sparinge of a litel cost, Fulofte time a man hath lost, The large cote for the hod." For sparing a little cost often a man has ... Even the later Franklin variations (shown at right) – printed during conflict between England and America, when American culture and politics were shedding any reference to ...
Franklin & Marshall College - History - Merger
... On December 6, 1849, Franklin College and Marshall College began to explore the possibility of a merger as a method to secure the future of both institutions ... shy of becoming the 15th President of the United States, was named president of the first Franklin Marshall board of trustees ... On May 16, 1856, Franklin and Marshall College dedicated its main building, "Recitation Hall." The distinctive, tall-towered structure, designed in the Gothic ...

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