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    Over the past two centuries, Benjamin Franklin has become the businessman known for being “self-made.” That is to say our modern understanding of Franklin is that of a man who invented his own name and fortune alongside the invention that was, and is, the United States. Just as the meaning of the United States has been transformed by years of misinterpretations, exaggerations, and even lies, the story of Benjamin Franklin has been waxed and shined by centuries of American industry. Although not

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    heard of the famous Benjamin Franklin. From the many history classes, and conversations in general. Benjamin Franklin is famous for many reasons; for example, he was responsible for publishing the very first political cartoon, the author of Poor Richard’s Almanack, inventing the lightning rod and bifocals, and he was one of five who drafted the Declaration of Independence. These accomplishments are great, but only tell part of the story of the great Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin. In the biography

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    The man on the $100 dollar bill is there for a reason….Benjamin Franklin is known as the founding fathers who planned the declaration of independence and the constitution of the U.S. He was born on January 17, 1706 Boston , Massachusetts. Franklin did lots of things during his lifetime he was a printer , writer , scientist , inventor , statesman ,civic leader and a diplomat . Therefore since Franklin was a writer he had several famous quotes he 1st quote ‘’There was never a bad war or a bad peace

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    Scientist, diplomat, and inventor are three elements that describe Benjamin Franklin. Many people know that Benjamin Franklin studied electricity, but he did so much more. As a well known diplomat, Ben Franklin, showed Americans that they should be freed from British rule by fighting for their freedom. He left a lasting legacy as a Revolutionary War hero, a founding father, and a great scientist. The origin of Benjamin Franklin started when he ran away from his family at the age of 17. Franklin’s

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    Benjamin Franklin was one of the largest known founding fathers of the United States. He was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents were Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger. He was the fifteenth child of Josiah and one of ten by Abiah(Franklin Born). His father wanted him to be a clergy but could not afford to send him to school for that many years. Instead, he became his brother’s, James, apprentice at the age of twelve to learn the printing trade(Begins Apprenticeship). This

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    To begin with, Benjamin Franklin is inspirational, The reason why he is inspirational franklin is a frugal, Inoffensive, Thrifty citizen, He said no one would fail because everyone could do it, And his role in the American Revolution. Moreover was also an inspiration, The reason why he is because he, A hero save many other people citizens, Also he participated in a long history of fighting britain. Benjamin franklin was a hero because of the honor, He brought our country in the American Revolution

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    In a world where morals, ethics and virtues are constantly debated, it pays to acknowledge two great men who had a profuse influence on society during their time. Benjamin Franklin was born in January of 1706, in Boston to puritan parents. While alive Benjamin Franklin was well known amongst his peers for his numerous accomplishments in a variety of areas. He had the burning desire to be as moral and virtuous as possible even though conceding perfection is impractical. On the other hand, Aristotle

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    We consider Benjamin Franklin to be one of the most influential heroes of his time. Franklin is a hero due to his groundbreaking inventions. During the time he was alive, he produced multiple ingenious inventions that helped combat problems in the 13 colonies. His Franklin Stove brought cheap warmth to many households, and his lightning rod kept many houses from becoming blazing infernos. Additionally, he found the connection between lightning and electricity, which led to all sorts of new discoveries

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    “Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706 (January 6, 1705, in the old style calendar) of very humble origins, origins that always struck Franklin himself as poor.”(Wood,17) He proved throughout his life that he was quite the renaissance man, showing expertise in many professions and fields from Author to Inventor. Franklin proved time and time again that he was intellectually capable of doing pretty much anything. Franklin's status of being a founding father has proven how much of a staple

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    Benjamin Franklin was born January 12, 1706 in Boston, Massachusettes. He grew up in Boston but spent the majority of his life in Philadelphia after running away from home at 17. Before his death on April 17, 1790 he had made many contributions to society, including typography. Although his vocation in life was a diplomat, scientist, inventor and writer, he only ever identified himself as a printer. Originally, Ben Franklin was an apprentice to his brother James at the age of 12. Upon turning

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    things worth reading or do things worth writing.”- Benjamin Franklin. Without Benjamin Franklin’s advanced thinking life wouldn 't be as easy as it is today. A great portion of inventions would not exist without him, such as, the Lightning Rod, Bifocals, and different types of stoves. We might not even be a country without Ben. Benjamins intellect and love for his country still lives on to this day, and will continue to live on for centuries. Franklin 's education was very little and ended when he

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    Kevin Hu Mrs. Baylis 2 September 2014 Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson “Franklin was a great genius, original, sagacious, and inventive, capable of discoveries in science no less than of improvements in the fine arts and the mechanical arts….His reputation was more universal than that of Leibnitz or Newton, Frederick or Voltaire.” These were the words how Founding Father of America, John Adams, described Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin, as one of the greatest men in history, devoted himself

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    Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was the founder of the United States of America. He was a renowned printer, author, politician, inventor, scientist and diplomat. He was the part of the American Enlightenment and also the part of history of physics as he discovered theories for the invention of electricity. In Philadelphia, he was the successful newspaper editor and printer. He published the renowned newspaper ‘Pennsylvania Chronicle’ which was famous for its revolutionary sentiments. Franklin

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    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is composed of four different parts that were written at three different periods in Franklin’s life. The first section starts with Franklin addressing his son and it seems as though Franklin is telling his life story so that it may be an example of how he was continuously improving himself. Franklin also makes mention of his religious beliefs and God throughout the book which seems to be a theme throughout the book. Throughout Franklin’s Autobiography there

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    Benjamin Franklin and Ester Wheelwright lived similar and different lives. They lived similar lives in the form that they learned many languages and experience great growth and education in life. They differed in the ways they experienced that growth, this is due to how they grew up, and their genders. Their growth in status, and education in language and life helped them get to the places in life that they desired to be, and live for such a long time. I want to explore and talk about their lives

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    and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. -Benjamin Franklin” (yourworldwithin.com). Benjamin Franklin was not only one of the founding fathers but he also achieved great achievement as an author, politician, scientist, and mathematician. Although Franklin was born into a poor family, that did not stop him from getting to where he is today. Even though Benjamin Franklin had a job and little time to learn, he was able to understand Newton's theories of physics

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    Research Tracker The Big Question: Why is Benjamin Franklin an American hero? +++++++++++++++++++++ Coding Your Sources Source 1 = "Franklin, Benjamin." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Source 2 = "Franklin, Benjamin (1706–1790)." The New Book of Knowledge. Source 3 = "Franklin, Benjamin (1706–1790)." Encyclopedia Americana. +++++++++++++++++++++ The Basics My hero was born (where and when): Boston on Jan. 17, 1706 My hero died (where and when): Philadelphia on April 17, 1790. My hero’s primary

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    Topics of discussion) Birth and Childhood information Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. Benjamin Franklin has 17 siblings Benjamin Franklin is the 10th son of a soap maker. Benjamin Franklin when he was 12 years old started helping his brother james in the printing business because he loves to read. When Benjamin Franklin brother james was thrown to jail because of his views Ben takes over as the head printer and when his brother james returns he was not grateful to

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    Do you think Benjamin Franklin was a good president? Benjamin Franklin was unconventional his youth but later made a great contribution to society his contributions not only impacted society, but was also impacted by his unconventionality. Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston Massachusetts January 17, 1706. He died at the age 84 April 17, 1790 Benjamin Franklin’s family settled in Massachusetts he was born on Milk Street, in Boston M.A Pennsylvania hospital. Benjamin’s father wanted him to go to

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    Benjamin Franklin is an important figure in the molding of an American business character. From reflecting off many of Jesus’ messages to benefiting the society all the way to displaying astounding entrepreneur character traits, Franklin left a well-respected legacy. He demonstrated that even an unestablished, doubted boy can have everything they’ve either dreamt of. Franklin’s view on leading was the benefit of serving others more than himself, he was servant leader. His view reflects Jesus’

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