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The founding father wrote letters in the voice of female pseudonyms throughout his life

Benjamin Franklin Was a Middle-Aged Widow Named Silence Dogood (And a Few Other Women)

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Benjamin Franklin
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BENJAMIN Franklin, revered as scientist, diplomat, inventor, politician and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, was born on January 17, 1706.

Top 10 facts about Benjamin Franklin

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On this date in 1856, Samuel Clemens, at barely twenty years of age, gave what was likely the first of the improvised comedic toasts for which he would, as Mark Twain, become widely renowned. The occasion was an impromptu celebration of the sesquicentennial of Benjamin Franklin’s birth...

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The Best Defense is a Good Offense: False Virtue, Fake News, & Mark Twain’s Birthday Roast of Ben Franklin

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01/18/2017 at 10:32. Facebook
Celebrating the life and work of Benjamin Franklin on the 311th anniversary of his birth.
Benjamin Franklin's 311th birthday is coming up this month, and Philadelphians will soon be able to celebrate the inventor and statesman's birth with the man himself.

Philadelphians can join Ben Franklin for a bar crawl celebrating his 311th birthday

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A fundraising campaign has been launched to save the damaged gravestone of Benjamin Franklin at the Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia. The Christ Church Preservation Trust tells The Philadelphia Inquirer ( [ Bit.ly Link ] ) that the marble ledger tablet marking...

Benjamin Franklin's Gravestone Develops Crack From Pennies

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"This Library afforded me the Means of Improvement by constant Study, for which I set apart an Hour or two each Day; and thus repair'd in some Degree the Loss of the Learned Education my Father once intended for me. Reading was the only Amusement I allow'd myself. I spent no time in Taverns, Games, or Frolics of any kind. And my Industry in my Business continu'd as indefatigable as it was...
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Images of Franklin later adapted for U.S. currency invite close scrutiny.

‘Benjamin Franklin: Portraits by Duplessis’ Review: How We Picture a Founder

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Over 250 years ago, Benjamin Franklin strung together a handful of proverbs about wealth and success in his essay, "The Way to Wealth."

7 insights about getting rich buried inside Benjamin Franklin's 250-year-old book on wealth

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Today is 264th anniversary Benjamin Franklin's kite-flying experiment.
On this day in 1752, Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm and collects a charge in a Leyden jar when the kite is struck by lightning, enabling him to demonstrate the electrical nature of lightning. Franklin became interested in electricity in the mid-1740s, a time when much was still unknown on the topic, and spent almost a decade conducting electrical experiments. He coined a...
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One of Boston’s chief draws on the Freedom Trail, a statue of Benjamin Franklin that’s stood for more than 160 years, has been brought down by wind. Bonnie McGilpin, a spokesperson for Mayor Martin Walsh’s office, said high wind gusts knocked a tent into the statue, and the force caused the bronze B...

Boston’s Benjamin Franklin toppled by wind

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On this day in 1774, Benjamin Franklin writes an open letter to Great Britain’s prime minister, Frederick, Lord North, from the Smyrna Coffee House in London. It was published in The Public Advertiser, a British newspaper, on April 15, 1774.

Franklin’s tongue-in-cheek letter suggested that the British impose martial law upon the colonies and appoint a “King’s Viceroy of all North America.”...
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"You renounce and totally exclude all that might be of the flesh in our affection, allowing me only some kisses, civil and honest, such as you might grant your little cousins. What am I receiving that is so special as to prevent me from giving the same to others, without taking from what belongs to you? The sweet sounds brought forth from the pianoforte by your clever hand can be enjoyed by...
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8 Beautiful Love Letters From Authors in Tortured Relationships

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Jeffrey Collins reviews “Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America’s Founding Father” by George Goodwin.

A Revolutionary Loyal to Britain

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Considering that the U.S. Library of Congress already houses more than 10,000 books, articles, doctoral dissertations and ephemera about Benjamin Franklin, one can wonder what new can be said about our most multilayered Founding personality. Happily, the answer is, quite a bit.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America’s Founding Father’

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In 1775, shortly before Benjamin Franklin left London, where he had served as a colonial agent for 18 years, his son William proclaimed that he was “returning to a Country where the People revere you, and are inclined to pay a Deference to your Opinions.”

Book review: Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America’s Founding Father. By...

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Just who was Benjamin Franklin? Apart, that is, from journalist, statesman, diplomat, founding father of the United States, inventor of…

Benjamin Franklin: from man about town to man on the run

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New book released on founding father's years in our capital.

How A Royalist Becomes A Revolutionary: Benjamin Franklin's London Story

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Benjamin Franklin was born 310 years ago today.