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
... Howe had previously 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 than that of ...
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, and Joel Barlow ... Lemay was selected by Library 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 ...
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 ... 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 Revival ...
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 ... 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 Kings and ...

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    Where there’s marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
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    If you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas. This sum may be soon spent, the regret only remaining of having foolishly consumed it; but in the other case, he escapes the frequent vexation of waiting for barbers, and of their sometimes dirty fingers, offensive breaths, and dull razors.
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    Where there are no rights, there are no duties. To tell the truth is thus a duty; but it is a duty only in respect to one who has a right to the truth.
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