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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790



  • Existence: 1706 - 1790

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading writer, printer, political philosopher, politician, Freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, 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. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He founded many civic organizations, including the Library Company, Philadelphia's first fire department and the University of Pennsylvania.

Found in 24 Collections and/or Records:

Benjamin Franklin preliminary address

Mss 000001
Identifier: Mss 000001
Overview In English.

François Alexandre Frédéric, duc de la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt letter

Mss 779226
Identifier: Mss 779226
Scope and Contents Two letters from Francois Alexandre Frederic duc de Rochefoucauld-Liancourt in Paris to Mr. Franklyn [i.e. Franklin], extending an invitation from Madame Samera to dine with her.

Jean-Paul Marat letter

Mss 782201
Identifier: Mss 782201
Overview In English.

John Paul Jones letter

Mss 784126.1
Identifier: Mss 784126.1
Overview In English.

John Paul Jones letter

Mss 778659
Identifier: Mss 778659
Scope and Contents Letter from John Paul Jones abord l'Orient to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, American plenipotetiaries at the Court of France, reporting news of American naval forces, including the intelligence that Comte Destaing had sailed on a secret mission.

M. Bradford Passport

Mss 780606
Identifier: Mss 780606
Scope and Contents Passport for M. Bradford signed by Benjamin Franklin in Passy, France.

Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette letters

Mss 819120.1
Identifier: Mss 819120.1
Overview In English.

Patrick Henry letter

Mss 779212
Identifier: Mss 779212
Scope and Contents Letter from Patrick in Williamsburgh, Virginia to Benjamin Franklin, recommending George Mason Jr. to Franklin's attention.

Philip Mazzei letters

Mss 781466
Identifier: Mss 781466
Scope and Contents Draft of a letter to Franklin explaining the delay in the delivery of a package. Copy of a letter from Partick Henry detailing Mazzei's mission to Europe, Letter from "Citizen of Virginia" responding to criticism. Draft of a letter from Jefferson and from Mazzei.

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais letter

Mss 779163
Identifier: Mss 779163
Scope and Contents Letter from Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais in Paris, France to Benjamin Franklin telling him that he regrets that the machinations of Mr. Lee has caused him to diminish the performance of his duties and assures Franklin of his esteem; offers to send parcels to America on ships about to leave for Virginia.