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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin’s portrait is on the $100 bill, which is sometimes referred to as a "Benjamin" or "Franklin."
  U.S. diplomat, printer, writer, and inventor; helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; advanced the science of electricity (1706-1790)
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  • Benjamin Franklin’s portrait is on the $100 bill, which is sometimes referred to as a "Benjamin" or "Franklin."
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • First Fireman: Benjamin Franklin.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Outside the Waldorf Astoria, a bronze statue of Benjamin Franklin was whacking a hellhound with a rolled-up newspaper.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian

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  • Wasn’t it Benjamin Franklin who tied a key to a kite?
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • The grandmother of Benjamin Franklin was Mary Morrel; afterwards, by marriage, Mary Folger, one of the old settlers of Nantucket, and the ancestress to a long line of Folgers and harpooneers—all kith and kin to noble Benjamin—this day darting the barbed iron from one side of the world to the other.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • By now, it had become something of a family joke, their Thomas Edison Mami, their Benjamin Franklin Mom.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Some of them were alive when Benjamin Franklin was born.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • If I know Benjamin Franklin Tanner, he’d fret more than me if his cows found my corn.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • "What if I told you that precise moment was chosen by three famous Masons—George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Pierre L’Enfant, the primary architect for D.C.?"
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol

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  • Malthus got the idea for this essay from Benjamin Franklin, the American who in-vented the lightning conductor among other things.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • That honor belonged to George Whitfield, an orator of such power and charisma that, it was said, he once charmed a five-pound contribution out of Benjamin Franklin — who was, of course, the furthest thing from a churchgoer.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1733.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the declaration of Independence.
    Richard Lederer  --  A Brief History of the World
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    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I would happily set print by hand, like Benjamin Franklin.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • ] [Footnote 251: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American philosopher, statesman, diplomatist, and author.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • His own favorite book was The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • The things which hurt instruct—Benjamin Franklin.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • The Tappan brothers were early supporters of the abolitionist cause as well as grand-nephews of the founder of America’s first abolitionist society, Benjamin Franklin.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Benjamin Franklin, when he wrote his "Scheme for a New Alphabet and a Reformed Mode of Spelling," in 1768, apparently had no suspicion that any other /a/ was possible.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • By 1760, Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia’s most illustrious citizen, reckoned that Scots-Irish accounted for a third of the city population, with English and Germans each another third.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • [See Benjamin Franklin] The Executive Power Of The State Office of Governor in an American State—The place he occupies in relation to the Legislature—His rights and his duties—His dependence on the people.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Fifty years earlier, when young Benjamin Franklin arrived from Boston with a single "Dutch" (German) dollar in his pocket, Philadelphia had been a town of 10,000 people.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Great men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin, who signed the Declaration of Independence and whom you see on our money today, agreed that God and the Bible would be their moral compasses for constructing the greatest nation on Earth.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • The suggestion of the Committee was adopted and passed into a law, but the effect of it was null, for the journal eluded the prohibition by putting the name of Benjamin Franklin instead of James Franklin at the bottom of its columns, and this manoeuvre was supported by public opinion.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • ON OCTOBER 18, a raw, gloomy Wednesday, a congressional committee of three, including Benjamin Franklin, gathered by a roaring fire in Washington’s study and, after lengthy deliberations with the commander and his generals, concluded that if an attack on Boston meant the destruction of the town, they could not approve.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • " He gave her one of the firm’s cards with his full name, Benjamin Franklin Blake, written in the corner.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • "Lift up your heads," Robert Winthrop told the crowd many years ago at the unveiling of a statue of that great hero of American independence Benjamin Franklin, "and look at the image of a man who rose from nothing, who owed nothing to parentage or patronage, who enjoyed no advantages of early education which are not open, a hundredfold open, to yourselves, who performed the most menial services in the businesses in which his early life was employed, but who lived to stand before Kings,ů
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • A long time later he showed me that, too, and as I thumbed idly through it, noticing the quotations from Emerson and Macaulay and Benjamin Franklin and Shakespeare copied out in a ragged, boyish hand, he said with that same tone of amiable contempt, "Gee, back in those days I figured those fellows who wrote the books knew all there was.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • " "Benjamin Franklin."
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • "Benjamin Franklin once said: ’Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.’
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • This concealed "college" quickly became a brain trust of the world’s most enlightened minds—those of Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, Robert Boyle, and even Benjamin Franklin.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Public-spirited Philadelphians inspired by Benjamin Franklin had established the first volunteer fire company in the colonies, the first medical school, and a library.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "It is a true saying of a wit," wrote Carter Braxton of Virginia, referring possibly to Benjamin Franklin, "we must hang together or separately."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Seated beside Benjamin Franklin, the young Virginian looked on in silence.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • ON SEPTEMBER 14, 1778, at Philadelphia, Congress named Benjamin Franklin minister plenipotentiary to the Court of Louis XVI.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Arrangements were made for John Quincy to attend a nearby boarding school also attended by one of Franklin’s grandsons, eight-year-old Benjamin Franklin Bache.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In Maryland, delegate Samuel Chase, who had earlier gone to Canada with Benjamin Franklin, was rounding up support for independence, as perhaps no one else could have.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • On September 26, Congress took the momentous step of appointing Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as commissioners to the Court of France, to serve with Silas Deane.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • THE TWO ADAMSES took their leave of Benjamin Franklin and others at Passy on March 8, 1779, and, with the servant Stephens, departed by post chaise for the coast of Brittany.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The first call of the day was on Benjamin Franklin, and from that point on Adams was kept steadily on the move, with sights to see, social engagements, dinners, teas, the theater.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Even Benjamin Franklin, who adamantly opposed slavery, had once owned two black house servants and had personally traded in slaves, buying and selling from his Market Street print shop.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Rush—high-spirited, handsome, and all of thirty—had studied medicine in Edinburgh and in London, where he came to know Benjamin Franklin and once dined with Samuel Johnson and James Boswell.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • After an evening stroll with Hannah through Braintree—through "Cupid’s Grove"—Adams spent a long night and most of the next day with Parson Wibird, talking and reading aloud from Benjamin Franklin’s Reflections on Courtship and Marriage.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The anonymous author was revealed to be a down-at-the-heels English immigrant, Thomas Paine, who had landed at Philadelphia a year earlier with little more than a letter of introduction from Benjamin Franklin.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The hostility Uncle Hal nursed toward Uncle Charlie had nothing to do with politics but a good deal to do with The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • Present nearly every day, notwithstanding his years and infirmities, was Benjamin Franklin, who, at age seventy, was popularly perceived to be the oldest, wisest head in the Congress, which he was, and the most influential, which he was not.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
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