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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 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. (from wikipedia.org)

Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1776

From humble beginnings, Benjamin Franklin quickly rises to prominence as a printer and publisher in Philadelphia. His discoveries in the new science of electricity help free the world from the harmful effects of lightning and propel Franklin onto the World stage.


Benjamin Franklin, 1776-1790

Franklin embarks on the most important mission of his long life when he becomes diplomat to France during the American Revolution. After the war, he plays a critical role in creating the U.S. Constitution and becomes the only founding father to actively campaign against slavery.


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Benjamin Franklin - wikipedia
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 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.
The American Revolution: Benjamin Franklin
One of the leading figures of early American history, Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) was a statesman, author, publisher, scientist, inventor and diplomat.
Liberty! The American Revolution
This is a six-part documentary miniseries about the birth of the American Republic and the struggle of a loosely connected group of states to become a nation.
The American Revolution - Path to World War
Benjamin Franklin tries to convince the French to join the fight against Britain; Philadelphia falls to the British; the Americans win a stunning victory at Saratoga and gain a new ally.

e-Books
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
By Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). Edited by Frank Woodworth Pine. This edition is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence. Table of Contents. Introduction. 1. Ancestry and Early Youth in Boston. ...
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Author: Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790; John Bigelow, 1817-1911, ed. Publisher: Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott & Co.; [etc., etc.]. Book contributor: Boston Public Library.
The True Benjamin Franklin
Author: Sydney George Fisher, 1856-1927. Subject: Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790. Publisher: Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott company. Book Contributor: University of California Libraries.
Benjamin Franklin
Author: John Torrey Morse, 1840-1937. Subject: Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790. Publisher: Boston, New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company. Book Contributor: University of California Libraries.
Benjamin Franklin, Printer
Author: John Clyde Oswald, 1872-1938. Subject: Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790. Publisher: [Garden City, N.Y.] Doubleday, Page. Book contributor: Robarts - University of Toronto.

Audio Books
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
LibriVox recording of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, edited by Frank Woodward Pine. Read by Gary Gilberd. Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text.