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Benjamin Franklin As a scientist he was a major figure in the Enlightenment (January 17, 1706–April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Franklin was a leading author and printer, satarist, politician, scientist, inventor, and diplomat.and the history of Physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and a musical instrument. He formed both the first public library in America and first fire department in Pennsylvania. He was an early proponent of colonial unity and as a political writer and activist he, more than anyone, invented the idea of an American nation and as a diplomat during the American Revolution, he secured the French Alliance that helped to make independence possible.

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Yale edition of complete works
The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary (lesson plans, interactive information)
Benjamin Franklin/PBS (information, teachers guides related to the PBS program)

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