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Pages: 90. Chapters: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, James
Madison, Thomas Mifflin, Nathaniel Gorham, Charles Pinckney, John
Dickinson, Robert Morris, John Rutledge, George Read, Richard
Bassett, James Wilson, Rufus King, Pierce Butler, Gouverneur
Morris, William Few, Nicholas Gilman, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney,
Roger Sherman, Hugh Williamson, William Paterson, Gunning Bedford,
Jr., William Blount, Thomas Fitzsimons, William Jackson, John
Langdon, William Samuel Johnson, Jonathan Dayton, Daniel of St.
Thomas Jenifer, Daniel Carroll, Jacob Broom, Richard Dobbs Spaight,
William Livingston, George Clymer, James McHenry, List of signers
of the United States Constitution, David Brearley. Excerpt:
Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 - April 17, 1790) was one of
the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath,
Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist,
politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist,
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. He
invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a
carriage odometer, and the glass 'armonica'. He formed both the
first public lending library in America and the first fire
department in Pennsylvania. Franklin earned the title of "The First
American" for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial
unity; as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies,
then as the first United States Ambassador to France, he
exemplified the emerging American nation. Franklin was foundational
in defining the American ethos as a marriage of the practical and
democratic values of thrift, hard work, education, community
spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to
authoritarianism both p...
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