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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:

Samuel Adams letter

Mss 776426.2
Identifier: Mss 776426.2
Scope and Contents Letter from Samuel Adams in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Benjamin Franklin, thanking him for the loan of some papers. Written in the third person.

"The Will of Benjamin Franklin, 1757" typescript

Identifier: MS-200
Overview "The Will of Benjamin Franklin, 1757" (1949). The collection contains typescripts, page proofs, galleys, and correspondence representing various stages in the production of the book "The Will of Benjamin Franklin, 1757," edited by Hamilton Vail and with an introduction by Carl Van Doren.

Thomas Paine letter

Mss 786364.1
Identifier: Mss 786364.1
Overview In English.

William Strahan letter

Mss 771262
Identifier: Mss 771262
Scope and Contents Letter from William Strahan in London to [B. Franklin] writting he will be sending corrections to him; invitation to tea.