Benjamin Franklin


  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin Franklin
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Benjamin Franklin printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics; he helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; he played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; as a scientist he is remembered particularly for his research in electricity (1706-1790)
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  • David H Comins
    David H Comins
    “People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.”


In literature:

"Books and Authors" by Anonymous
Benjamin Franklin, inspired by his love of reading, cultivated friendly relations with the clerks in the bookstores.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Benjamin Franklin would have patted me on the head for this discovery.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Benjamin Franklin was a printer whose scientific investigations were closely intermingled with the problems of human rights.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Remember what the good Benjamin Franklin has said: 'He that speaks much is much mistaken.
"His Lordship's Leopard" by David Dwight Wells
The gentleman is R. L. S.; the volume relates to Benjamin Franklin, on whom he meditates one of his charming essays.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
After a long career, Benjamin Franklin acquired what was considered a large fortune.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
The ethics that we hold are those of Benjamin Franklin.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Franklin, Benjamin, N. W. compared with, 152, 160; views of, on spelling reform, 190.
"Noah Webster" by Horace E. Scudder
Benjamin Franklin Hallett, offers to "bet ten dollars that I will get" Nason "indicted," and urges the matter.
"The Trial of Theodore Parker" by Theodore Parker

In poetry:

Mr. Benjamin Franklin was wont to repeat,
In his budget of proverbs, 'Stolen Kisses are sweet;'
But they have their alloy —
Fate assumed, to annoy
Miss Arundel's peace, and embitter her joy,
The equivocal shape of a fine little Boy.
"Some Account Of A New Play" by Richard Harris Barham

In news:

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, three things are certain in life—death, taxes, and broken coffee makers.
Benjamin Uselton is now a free man after a story that 10 Investigates reported, and now he's brought a civil lawsuit against the former Franklin County toxicologist , claiming he made up evidence.
Captured Sioux Indians in a fenced enclosure on Minnesota River below Fort Snelling, photographed by Benjamin Franklin Upton circa 1862-1863.
Our mobile archives include personal correspondence and a variety of sketches, including those of Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and other historic personalities.
Benjamin Franklin by Edmund S Morgan Yale University Press, 339 pp.
Real $100 bills bear a picture of Benjamin Franklin.
Ed Rendell, did more for Pennsylvania than even Benjamin Franklin.
How many streets have been named for Benjamin Franklin is a question for anyone out there who wants to count them.
(Photographer: Benjamin Franklin Upton, Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.).
"When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic," Benjamin Franklin.
What happens if your "Benjamins" aren't all genuine "Franklins".
The interactive light installation using 24 robotic searchlights plans to illuminate the night sky over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Saturday and Sunday on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Budweiser Made in America festival is expected to draw crowds of more than 40,000 a day for a multistage event headlined and "curated".
Benjamin Franklin, The Way to Wealth, 1758.
She was born in Wells County on March 11, 1924, to the late Benjamin Franklin "Frank" and Veda G (Masterson) Conner.

In science:

He is the recipient of several international prizes, including the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics (2010), the Dirac Medal (2006), the Niels Bohr/UNESCO Gold Medal (2005), and the Max Planck Medaille 2005.
Condensed Matter Theory of Dipolar Quantum Gases