Benjamin Franklin - ( 1706 - 1790)

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Benjamin Franklin Biography

"Dr. Benjamin Franklin (Pennsylvania) is well known to be the greatest phylosopher of the present age;--all the operations of nature he seems to understand,--the very heavens obey him, and the Clouds yield up their Lightning to be imprisoned in his rod. But what claim he has to the politician, posterity must determine. It is certain that he does not shine much in public Council,--he is no Speaker, nor does he seem to let politics engage his attention. He is, however, a most extraordinary Man, and tells a story in a style more engaging than anything I ever heard. Let his Biographer finish his character. He is 82 years old, and possesses an activity of mind equal to a youth of 25 years of age." -- Character Sketches of Delegates to the Federal Convention by William Pierce (1787)

Benjamin Franklin was born at Boston, on the 17th of January, 1706. His ancestors were from the county of Northampton, in England, where they had for many generations possessed a small freehold estate,
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Benjamin Franklin Genealogy

Josiah Franklin (1655 - 1744)
Abiah Folger Franklin (1667 - 1752)

Deborah Read Franklin (1708 - 1774)

William Franklin (1731 - 1813)
Francis Folger Franklin (1732 - 1736)
Sarah Franklin Franklin Bache (1743 - 1808)

Josiah Franklin
Joseph Franklin (1687 - 1689)
James Franklin (1697 - 1735)
Ebenezer Franklin (1700 - 1700)
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
Lydia Franklin Scott (1708 - 1758)

Benjamin Franklin Tivia

Benjamin Franklin is credited for inventing bi-focal reading glasses
Benjamin Franklin was also know by the pen name of "Silence Dogood"
Benjamin Franklin followed a vegetarian diet for several years as a young man
Benjamin Franklin was the oldest signer of the Declaration of Independence
Benjamin Franklin was the author of "Poor Richards Almanac"
Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod and prevented many homes from being destroyed
Benjamin Franklin was stricken so badly with gout that he had to be carried on a divan chair by inmates of a nearby jail to the Constitutional Convention in 1787
Benjamin Franklin organized the very first volunteer fire department
Benjamin Franklin was known as the "Prophet of Tolerance" because of his advocacy of religious tolerance
Benjamin Franklin published the first political cartoon, called "Join or Die"
Benjamin Franklin created the first public hospital in Philadelphia to treat the poor or mentally ill
Benjamin Franklin whose views of marriage were functional at best, had a common-law wife.
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Events in the life of Benjamin Franklin


1706 01/17   Birth of Benjamin Franklin
1776 09/26   Congress appoint Jefferson, Franklin and Silas Deane to negotiate European treaties Franklin and Deane go to France seeking financial and military aid
1778 09/14   Benjamin Franklin appointed American representative in France.
1790 04/17   Death of Benjamin Franklin
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Benjamin Franklin Biyography

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the traditional name for the unfinished record of his own life written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however, Franklin himself appears to have called the work his Memoirs. Although it had a tortuous

Franklin's Spark (1720-1765)

Benjamin Franklin is Philadelphia's most iconic citizen, but how did William Penn's city shape the man often called

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Biography for Benjamin Franklin ( 1706 - 1790)
Biography for Benjamin Franklin
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Constitution of the United States 09-17-1787
This is the full text for the Constitution of the United States of America.
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Autobiography - Benjamin Franklin 1771 - 1790
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the traditional name for the unfinished record of his own life written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however, Franklin himself appears to have called the work his Memoirs. Although it had a tortuous publ
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Character Sketches of Delegates to the Federal Convention - Pierce 1787
This is a document written by William Pierce. It contains character sketches of the delegates for the First Federal Convention of 1787
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An Address to the Public (Concerning Slavery) 1789
An address to the public by Benjamin Franklin made in 1789 about slavery.
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Interview with Benjamin Franklin

It was my honor to sit down with Benjamin Franklin to discuss his views on some of the common topics of the day as well as his view of what the "American Dream" is. The following post contains that interview and some interesting facts about Benjamin Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin: America's Founding Father

Benjamin Franklin has been an inspiration to all Americans and many of us have come to learn about his great accomplishments and their impacts on our society usually in the first few years of grammar school. Almost every child learning about Colonial America and the birth of our country comes to recognize the image and legacy of Benjamin Franklin. While there are quite a lot of myths involved in Benjamin Franklin's life story, many of what we have come to know about Benjamin Franklin is quite accurate. If you have ever been fascinated with Benjamin Franklin, our founding fathers or the birth of our country Smithsonian Magazine offers an intriguing article on the subject.

Wise Quotes From our Founding Fathers

Does it seem as though we are relying more and more on past personalities and their comments to give us sage advice instead of developing our own morality and intellect? Who determines what is a wise quote, a funny quote or even any comment that should be immortalized by the ages?

Thomas Jefferson Is Rightly Remembered As a Great Founding Father

Every school child is imbued with a history of the American Revolution that glorifies the great accomplishments, political, military and social, of the famous founding fathers. We learn that George Washington; the Father of the United States was a great military leader, farmer, politician and stoic face of the revolutionary movement. Benjamin Franklin was an inventor, publisher, diplomat, self-made millionaire and audaciously wise man. John Adams was a wonderful raconteur, writer, philosopher and brave leader.

American Revolution and War for Independence

This paper is dedicated to the history of American Revolution and the War for Independence. The primary purpose of the survey given here is to carry out an analysis of the events of the late 18th century in the British colonies in North America on the basis of vast historical material published in the United States. The process that took place before and during the 1776-1783 period when 13 British colonies' aspiration for independence broke out into the so-called War

Democracy or Republic?

Despite clear historical evidence showing that the United States was established as a republic and not a democracy, there is still confusion regarding the difference between these two very different systems of government.  Some confusion stems because the word “democracy” is used to describe both a "type" and a "form" of government.

A Short Interview With Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was one of the most interesting and amazing figures of the American colonial period. This is a fantasy interview with him, designed to entertain and enlighten.

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Quotes by Benjamin Franklin

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I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.

Benjamin Franklin: On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, November 1766

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Histories of Lives are seldom entertaining, unless they contain something either admirable or exemplar.

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Those that feel can best judge.

Quote 1319 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1319 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1319 Q. What do you think is the reason that the people of America increase faster than in England?

-- Because they marry younger, and more generally.

Benjamin Franklin: Examination of Dr. Benjamin Franklin in the House of Commons - 1766

Quote 1320 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1320 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1320 Q. On what do you found your opinion, that the people in America made any such distinction?

-- I know that whenever the subject has occurred in conversation where I have been present, it has appeared to be the opinion of every one, that we could not be taxed in a parliament where we were not represented. But the payment of duties laid by act of parliament, as regulations of commerce, was never disputed.

Benjamin Franklin: Examination of Dr. Benjamin Franklin in the House of Commons - 1766

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