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Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – 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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      News Source: The Guardian | 1 day ago
    Abel from Abel's Island, by William Steig This story of how the mouse Abelard Hassam di Chirico Flint (Abel for short) gets separated from his wife and his civilized life and learns to survive alone on an island in the middle of a river is inspiring,
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      News Source: The Dish Rag | 5 days ago
    Many of the fans who asked questions of the cast and producers of "Sleepy Hollow" during the show's Season 2 panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 mentioned that they're history buffs, and the creative team promises even more crazy spin on the U.S.
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      News Source: The Olympia | 7 days ago
    Appalachian music master Ralph Stanley is being honored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The southwest Virginia legend will be honored by the academy in October in a class that also includes Al Pacino, writers John Irving and Annie

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  • Go Figure!: Ben Franklin - A Math-a-Magician!

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    Did you know that Benjamin Franklin created many inventions, including the Magic Square? (A magic square is a box of numbers arranged so that any line of numbers adds up to be the same number, including the diagonals!) Richard Walz ...
  • Benjamin Franklin would oppose Obama, his words says so!

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    Let us take the words of Benjamin Franklin. Let us compare them to this administration and those recently before. Then ask yourself if your values align with the great men of our history, or do you believe, as Liberals, Democrats, Socialists and 
  • Benjamin Franklin: Father of Our Paper Money? « Pen N Sword

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    From Wayne Curtis: Benjamin Franklin attained prominence as a scientist, inventor, publisher, and statesman. But most people are unaware of his role in the development of paper money in colonial America. Colonial legislatures began ...

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