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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin FRS, FRSE ( April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a renowned polymath and a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, 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. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia's fire department and the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League institution.

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Franklin the Amazing

Not only was Benjamin Franklin one of the founding fathers of America, but he was an incredible individual. He invented the bifocal, the odometer, lightning rods, the armonica, the Franklin stove, and the daylight savings. He created the first police and fire department along with the first hospital and the first library. He also wrote the Poor Richard's Almanac under a pseudonym. Although Franklin was never the president, he had and still has, an incredible amount of influence on our lives today.

Contributed by Ben Trabing

Such a brilliant man among his peers.

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