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Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 April 17, 1790) was one of the most prominent of Founders and early political figures and statesmen of the United States. Considered the earliest of the Founders, Franklin was noted for his curiosity, ingenuity and diversity of interests. His wit and wisdom is proverbial to this day. More than anyone he shaped the American Revolution despite never holding national elective office. As a leader of the Enlightenment he had the attention of scientists and intellectuals all across Europe. As agent in London before the Revolution, and Minister to France during, he more than anyone defined the new nation in the minds of Europe. His success in securing French military and financial aid was decisive for American victory over Britain. He invented the lightning rod; he invented the notion of colonial unity; he invented the idea of America; historians hail him as the "First American". The city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will mark Franklin's 300th Birthday in January 2006, with a wide array of exhibitions, and events citing Franklin's extraordinary accomplishments throughout his illustrious career.

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Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Painting by Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1777)
Painting by Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1777)
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Portrait of Franklin by Joseph Siffred Duplessis(1783)
Portrait of Franklin by Joseph Siffred Duplessis(1783)
Engraving by H. B. Hall (1868) after painting by J.A. Duplessis (1783)
Engraving by H. B. Hall (1868) after painting by J.A. Duplessis (1783)
An Address to the Public
An Address to the Public
Plan for Improving the Condition of the Free Blacks (1789)
Plan for Improving the Condition of the Free Blacks (1789)
Plaque commemorating Benjamin Franklin and en:Electricity on en:Saint Stephen's Church, Philadelphia
Plaque commemorating Benjamin Franklin and en:Electricity on en:Saint Stephen's Church, Philadelphia
Frankliné─˘s kite experiment
Frankliné─˘s kite experiment
Frankliné─˘s sentry-box experiment.
Frankliné─˘s sentry-box experiment.
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
On the Dollar Coin in 2006.
On the Dollar Coin in 2006.
On a Dollar coin in 2006.
On a Dollar coin in 2006.
On the Half Dollar in 1949.
On the Half Dollar in 1949.
On the 100 bill.
On the 100 bill.
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Painting by Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1777)
Painting by Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1777)
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Portrait of Franklin by Joseph Siffred Duplessis(1783)
Portrait of Franklin by Joseph Siffred Duplessis(1783)
Engraving by H. B. Hall (1868) after painting by J.A. Duplessis (1783)
Engraving by H. B. Hall (1868) after painting by J.A. Duplessis (1783)
An Address to the Public
An Address to the Public
Plan for Improving the Condition of the Free Blacks (1789)
Plan for Improving the Condition of the Free Blacks (1789)
Franklinĺs kite experiment
Franklinĺs kite experiment
Franklinĺs sentry-box experiment.
Franklinĺs sentry-box experiment.
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
On the Half Dollar in 1949.
On the Half Dollar in 1949.
On the 100 bill.
On the 100 bill.