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  Quick Biography of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706.
Franklin, though he had many friends in England, was growing sick of the corruption he saw all around him in politics and royal circles.
Franklin's big break with England occurred in the "Hutchinson Affair." Thomas Hutchinson was an English-appointed governor of Massachusetts.
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  Benjamin Franklin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Franklin's father, Josiah Franklin, was born at Ecton, Northamptonshire, England on December 23, 1657, the son of Thomas Franklin, a flsmith and farmer, and Jane White.
Benjamin Franklin died on April 17, 1790 at the advanced age of 84, and was interred in Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Franklin is one of the main inventors of Gregory Keyes' The Age of Unreason tetralogy.
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 Benjamin Franklin - LoveToKnow 1911   (Site not responding. Last check: )
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-1790), American diplomat, statesman and scientist, was born on the 17th of January 1706 in a house in Milk Street, opposite the Old South church, Boston, Massachusetts.
Benjamin could not remember when he did not know how to read, and when eight years old he was sent to the Boston grammar school, being destined by his father for the church as a tithe of his sons.
Franklin as a scientist 5 and as an inventor has been decried by experts as an amateur and a dabbler; but it should be remembered that it was always his hope to retire from public life and devote himself to science.
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 SPECTRUM Biographies - Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin, born January 17, 1706, was the 10th son, and 15th child, of 17 children in the Josiah Franklin family.
Franklin's business ventures included the purchase of the Pennsylvania Gazette, which, after his improvement, was considered one of the best colonial newspapers; Poor Richard's Almanac, written under the pseudonym, Richard Saunders, and published from 1732 to 1757; and the printing of Pennsylvania's paper currency.
Franklin became a hero to the French, and his company was sought by diplomats and nobility.
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 Franklin, Benjamin. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Franklin was a leader of the popular party in Pennsylvania against the Penn family, who were the proprietors, and in 1757 he was sent to England to present the case against the Penns.
There, while his illegitimate son, William Franklin, was becoming a leader of the Loyalists, Benjamin Franklin became one of the greatest statesmen of the American Revolution and of the newborn nation.
Franklin helped to direct U.S. naval operations and was a successful agent for the United States in Europe—the sole one after suspicions and quarrels caused Congress to annul the powers of the other American commissioners.
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 Benjamin Franklin Writings and Biography
Franklin served as clerk (1736-51) and member (1751-64) of the colonial legislature and as deputy postmaster of Philadelphia (1737-53) and deputy postmaster general of the colonies (1753-74).
Benjamin Franklin on the Constitution - A respected attendee to the Philadelphia Convention encourages signing of the proposed Constitution.
Account of Benjamin Franklin's Submission (to The National Gazette) - Historical acount of events regarding Franklin's rebuttal (printed in the paper) to a sermon given that opposed his Memorial to Congress as President of the Anti-Slavery Society for the abolishment of slavery and emancipation of slaves.
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 Inventor of the Week: Archive
Benjamin Franklin was probably the most significant "founding father" of the United States of America who never served as its President.
Franklin also conceived the mid-room furnace, the "Franklin Stove." In those days rooms could only be heated with a fire in a fireplace, which by definition was set into a wall.
Franklin knew that, since heat radiates from a fire in all directions, a fireplace was inefficient.
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 Welcome to Benjamin Franklin House
Benjamin Franklin House, built circa 1730, is now open to the public as a dynamic museum and educational facility.
The top floor Robert H. Smith Scholarship Centre is a focal point in Europe for Franklin and Franklin-related study, featuring a full set of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin, as catalogued by Yale University, and an active symposia programme.
Benjamin Franklin House is taking part in Museums and Galleries Month in May. For more details of our programme please click here.
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 Inventor Benjamin Franklin
In 1721 his brother James Franklin established the New England Courant, and Benjamin, at the age of 15, was busily occupied in delivering the newspaper by day and in composing articles for it at night.
Franklin returned to Philadelphia in 1762, where he remained until 1764, when he was once again dispatched to England as the agent of Pennsylvania.
Franklin was deeply interested in philanthropic projects, and one of his last public acts was to sign a petition to the U.S. Congress, on February 12, 1790, as president of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, urging the abolition of slavery and the suppression of the slave trade.
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 Benjamin Franklin
Franklin thus led the Junto in founding a library (1731), a fire company (1736), a learned society (1743), a college (later the University of Pennsylvania, 1749), and an insurance company and a hospital (1751).
Franklin was at his best creating the legend of his life among the ladies of Paris, writing witty letters, printing bagatelles, and telling anecdotes.
Franklin's final public pronouncements urged ratification of the Constitution and approved the inauguration of the new federal government under his admired friend George Washington.
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 Benjamin Franklin - Wikiquote
Benjamin Franklin (17 January 1706 - 17 April 1790) was an American inventor, journalist, printer, and statesman.
Widely attributed to Franklin on the internet, sometimes without the second sentence, it is not found in any of his known writings, and the word "lunch" is not known to have appeared anywhere in english literature until the 1820s, decades after his death.
Franklin is one of those classic American "wise men" (ie: Jefferson, Lincoln, Twain) to whom many "pithy" statements often get attributed; attributions without a verifiable source should be treated with some skepticism.
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 Colonial Hall: Biography of Benjamin Franklin, Page 1
Benjamin Franklin was born at Boston, on the 17th of January, 1706.
During the persecutions in the reign of Charles II., against the puritans, the father of Benjamin, who was of that persuasion, emigrated to America, and settling in Boston, had recourse for a livelihood to the business of a chandler and soap boiler.
At an early age, young Franklin discovered, as his parents thought, a more than ordinary genius; and they resolved to give him an education, with reference to the profession of a clergyman.
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 Benjamin Franklin . Teacher's Guide | PBS
Benjamin Franklin’s practicality combined with his strong sense of duty made him a model of good citizenship.
Franklin has been called the “patron saint of advertising” because he used the media of his time—newspapers, broadsides, letters, pamphlets, and word-of-mouth—to sell products and ideas.
Franklin’s scientific understanding was limited by the collective knowledge of the period, much of which was based on superstition, religion, and folk wisdom.
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 Benjamin Franklin | American Statesman and Inventor
Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Franklin was one of the leading founding fathers of the United States of America.
Benjamin Franklin served in London as a agent for the Pennsylvania Assembly, and later as agent for the colonies of Georgia, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
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 Benjamin Franklin Bridge (I-676 and US 30)
The underground terminal at Franklin Square, beneath the west entrance plaza, had been open and closed several times since the 1930's, but was permanently closed and sealed in 1979 due to low patronage and concerns about crime and homelessness.
The Benjamin Franklin Bridge, whose main suspension span is the 34th longest in the world, today carries an average of 100,000 vehicles (AADT), and more than 40,000 rail commuters (via the PATCO system) across the Delaware River each day.
The design of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge is similar to that of the Manhattan Bridge in that both crossings were designed using "deflection theory." Over the years, heavy subway traffic on the outboard structures has caused twisting of the deck and stress on the main cables.
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 Archiving Early America
A year after Benjamin Franklin's death his autobiography entitled "Memoires De La Vie Privee...," was published in Paris in March of 1791.
Franklin wrote the first five chapters of his autobiography in England in 1771, resumed again thirteen years later (1784-85) in Paris and later in 1788 when he returned to the United States.
Franklin ends the account of his life in 1757 when he was 51 years old.
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 PAL: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Division 4: Centers on the dispute between the Proprietaries and the Pennsylvania Assembly and the successful petition of the latter to the King to abolish the tax exemption of these original grantees of land from the Crown.
Franklin's meeting and disagreement with Lord Granville on the proposition that the King is the legislator of the colonies.
Or contrast Franklin's choice of focus in its four parts; consider the significance of his choice to address the book to his son; read closely the letters that begin "Part Two" and comment on their significance to The Autobiography as a whole; discuss Franklin's various practical attempts to alter his moral character.
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 Literary Encyclopedia: Benjamin Franklin   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Benjamin Franklin was born on 6 January 1706 (17 January “new style”) in Boston, Massachusetts.
Benjamin Franklin was a voracious reader of Bacon, Bunyan, Defoe, Locke, Plutarch and Cotton Mather.
Franklin was introduced to Bernard Mandeville and Henry Pemberton and wrote a moral tract called A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain (1725), refuting William Wollaston's Religion of Nature Delineated.
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 From Revolution to Reconstruction: Biographies: Benjamin Franklin   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In addition, he represented Pennsylvania at the Albany Congress (1754), called to unite the colonies during the French and Indian War.
It was during the Stamp Act crisis that Franklin evolved from leader of a shattered provincial party's faction to celebrated spokesman at London for American rights.
While he was sole commissioner to France (1779-85), he and John Jay and John Adams negotiated the Treaty of Paris (1783), which ended the War for Independence.
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 Books: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Ben Franklin was many things, but perhaps more than anything else he was a politician, and there is no more reason to expect an unbiased autobiography from Franklin than from any other politician.
It is Franklin's voice that makes the book worth reading, and his descriptions of the world he knew are not to be missed.
A Note on the text: The EServer edition of Franklin's autobiography originated with the Gutenberg Project text, from an edition originally edited by Charles W. Eliot, L.L.D., and published by P.F. Collier and Son Company, New York in 1909.
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 American Writers: Benjamin Franklin   (Site not responding. Last check: )
He became prosperous and devoted much energy to promoting public services in Philadelphia, including a library, fire department, hospital, and insurance company, as well as an academy that would later become the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1748 he gave up management of his publications to devote himself to science and inventing; his inventions would include the Franklin stove and bifocal spectacles, and his famous experiments in electricity led to the invention of the lightning rod.
Franklin is remembered as one of the most extraordinary, brilliant, and indispensable public servants in the country's history.
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 Benjamin Franklin - Freedom Circle Directory
"Benjamin Franklin (January 17 [O.S. January 6] 1706 — April 17, 1790) was one of the most prominent of the Founders and early political figures and statesmen of the United States.
One of the earliest Founders, Franklin was noted for his curiosity, writings, ingenuity and diversity of interests.
Benjamin Franklin, too, had abandoned the ideal of the small Spartan republic, as he began to sense the awesome implications of 'our growing Strength, both in Numbers and Wealth.'"
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 The World of Benjamin Franklin
He became famous for being a scientist, an inventor, a statesman, a printer, a philosopher, a musician, and an economist.
To learn all that you can about the Franklin family, try taking a look at the family tree.
To learn even more about Ben Franklin and his world, try taking a look at some recommended resource materials, enrichment activities, and a brief glossary.
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 Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
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The Benjamin Franklin Plumbing truck that pulls up to your door is fully stocked with a huge inventory with thousands of replacement parts.
Benjamin Franklin Plumbers are trained and experienced at handling them all.
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