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Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin  (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] –  April 17, 1790) was an American polymath and 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.Franklin earned the title of "The First American" for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity, initially as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies. 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 values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment. In the words of historian Henry Steele Commager, "In a Franklin could be merged the virtues of Puritanism without its defects, the illumination of the Enlightenment without its heat." To Walter Isaacson, this makes Franklin "the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become."Franklin became a successful newspaper editor and printer in Philadelphia, the leading city in the colonies, publishing the Pennsylvania Gazette at the age of 23. He became wealthy publishing this and Poor Richard's Almanack, which he authored under the pseudonym "Richard Saunders". After 1767, he was associated with the Pennsylvania Chronicle, a newspaper that was known for its revolutionary sentiments and criticisms of British policies.
He pioneered and was the first president of Academy and College of Philadelphia which opened in 1751 and later became the University of Pennsylvania. He organized and was the first secretary of the American Philosophical Society and was elected president in 1769. Franklin became a national hero in America as an agent for several colonies when he spearheaded an effort in London to have the Parliament of Great Britain repeal the unpopular Stamp Act. An accomplished diplomat, he was widely admired among the French as American minister to Paris and was a major figure in the development of positive Franco-American relations. His efforts proved vital for the American Revolution in securing shipments of crucial munitions from France.
He was promoted to deputy postmaster-general for the British colonies in 1753, having been Philadelphia postmaster for many years, and this enabled him to set up the first national communications network. During the revolution, he became the first United States Postmaster General. He was active in community affairs and colonial and state politics, as well as national and international affairs. From 1785 to 1788, he served as governor of Pennsylvania. He initially owned and dealt in slaves but, by the late 1750s, he began arguing against slavery and became an abolitionist.
His life and legacy of scientific and political achievement, and his status as one of America's most influential Founding Fathers, have seen Franklin honored more than two centuries after his death on coinage and the $100 bill, warships, and the names of many towns, counties, educational institutions, and corporations, as well as countless cultural references.
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Book by Benjamin Franklin

  • Desc: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the traditional name for the unfinished record of his own life written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however, Franklin himself appears to have called the work his Memoirs.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Autobiography_of_Benjamin_Franklin
  • Type: Thing, Book
  • Result Score: 3052.98

Ben Parker

Fictional character

  • Desc: Benjamin Franklin Parker, usually called Uncle Ben, is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is the husband of May Parker and paternal uncle of Peter Parker. Uncle Ben first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 and was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Ben
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 1577.16
Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Founding Father of the United States

Brook Benton

Brook Benton

American singer-songwriter

  • Desc: Brook Benton was an American singer and songwriter who was popular with rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and pop music audiences during the late 1950s and early 1960s, with hits such as "It's Just a Matter of Time" and "Endlessly", many of which he co-wrote.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brook_Benton
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 1032.97
Frank Norris

Frank Norris

American journalist

  • Desc: Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Norris Jr. was an American journalist and novelist during the Progressive Era, whose fiction was predominantly in the naturalist genre.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Norris
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 971.44

Hawkeye Pierce

Fictional character

  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 967.92
Frank Wedekind

Frank Wedekind

German playwright

  • Desc: Benjamin Franklin Wedekind, usually known as Frank Wedekind, was a German playwright. His work, which often criticizes bourgeois attitudes, is considered to anticipate expressionism and was influential in the development of epic theatre.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Wedekind
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 875.76
Benjamin Franklin High School

Benjamin Franklin High School

Charter school in New Orleans, Louisiana

Benjamin Franklin International School

School in Barcelona, Spain

  • Desc: Benjamin Franklin International School is an International American school located in Barcelona that provides education from Nursery to Grade 12 to approximately 689 students from over 52 different nationalities.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin_International_School
  • Type: Thing, School, Organization, EducationalOrganization, Place
  • Result Score: 706.99

Buck Belue

American football quarterback

  • Desc: Benjamin Franklin "Buck" Belue played American football and baseball at the University of Georgia from 1978 to 1981. He was the quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs in 1980, when the team went 12–0, and, after beating Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl, was named the consensus national champion.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buck_Belue
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 678.70
Benjamin Butler

Benjamin Butler

Former Governor of Massachusetts

  • Desc: Benjamin Franklin Butler was a major general of the Union Army, politician, lawyer and businessman from Massachusetts. Born in New Hampshire and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, Butler is best known as a political major general of the Union Army during the American Civil War, and for his leadership role in the impeachment of U.S.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Butler
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 588.41

Benjamin Franklin Gates

Fictional character

  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 553.59
Frank Deford

Frank Deford

American sportswriter

The Franklin Residences

The Franklin Residences

Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Desc: The Ben Franklin House, formerly known as the Benjamin Franklin Hotel, is a historic hotel, now apartment building, located at 834 Chestnut Street in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Franklin_House
  • Type: Place, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings, Thing, CivicStructure
  • Result Score: 380.64
CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin

CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin

Explorer class containership

Benjamin Chavis

Benjamin Chavis

Political leader

Franklin Richards

Fictional character

  • Desc: Franklin Benjamin Richards is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is usually depicted as a supporting character in Fantastic Four.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Richards_(comics)
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 310.29
Benjamin Franklin National Memorial

Benjamin Franklin National Memorial

National memorial in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Desc: The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, located in the rotunda of The Franklin Institute science museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., features a colossal statue of a seated Benjamin Franklin, American writer, inventor, and statesman.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin_National_Memorial
  • Type: Thing, Place, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 303.79
Benjamin Franklin Award

Benjamin Franklin Award

Award

  • Desc: The Benjamin Franklin Award is an annual award for Open Access in the Life Sciences presented by Bioinformatics.org to an individual who has, in his or her practice, promoted free and open access to the materials and methods used in the life sciences.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin_Award_(Bioinformatics)
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 300.26

Benjamin Franklin Middle School

Middle school in Ridgewood, New Jersey

  • Type: Thing, School, Organization, EducationalOrganization
  • Result Score: 227.88

Franklin High School

Public school in Los Angeles, California

Benjamin Franklin-class submarine

Benjamin Franklin-class submarine

Ship class

  • Desc: The Benjamin Franklin-class submarine was a group of US ballistic missile submarines that were in Navy service from the 1960s–2000s. The class was an evolutionary development from the earlier James Madison class of fleet ballistic missile submarine. Having quieter machinery and other improvements, it is considered a separate class. A subset of this class is the re-engineered 640 class starting with USS George C.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin-class_submarine
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 221.95

Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin

Fictional character

  • Desc: Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin, played by Rockmond Dunbar, is a fictional character from the American television series, Prison Break. The character was introduced as a prisoner in the pilot episode. The actor was promoted from a recurring guest star to a regular cast member midway through the first season.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Miles_%22C-Note%22_Franklin
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 192.21
Franklin Institute Awards

Franklin Institute Awards

Award

Benjamin F. Martin

Benjamin F. Martin

Politician

  • Desc: Benjamin Franklin Martin was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer and teacher from Virginia and West Virginia. Born near Farmington, Virginia, Martin graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 1854 and taught school in Fairmont, Virginia.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_F._Martin
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 151.23

Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United

Book by Zephyr Teachout

Benjamin Goodrich

American industrialist

Benjamin Franklin

Surgeon

  • Desc: Sir Benjamin Franklin KCIE was a British surgeon. After being educated at University College, London and in Paris, he entered the Indian Medical Service in April 1869, and worked at Lucknow and Simla.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin_(surgeon)
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 125.07

Benjamin Franklin

American television series

  • Desc: Benjamin Franklin is a 2002 American documentary television series which premiered November 19–20, 2002 and reairs on August 22-29, 2005. The series was produced by Twin Cities Public Television of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Benjamin Franklin won an Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Special in 2003. Executive producers Catherine Allan and Jerry Richman accepted the award.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin_(2002_TV_series)
  • Type: Movie, Thing, TVSeries
  • Result Score: 112.51
University of Technology of Compiègne

University of Technology of Compiègne

Public university in Compiègne, France

Ben Franklin

The Office episode

Benjamin Franklin

Book by James N. Green

  • Type: Thing, Book
  • Result Score: 61.87
Benjamin Flanders

Benjamin Flanders

Former Governor of Louisiana

  • Desc: Benjamin Franklin Flanders was a teacher, politician and planter in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1867, he was appointed by the military commander as the 21st Governor of Louisiana during Reconstruction, a position which he held for some six months.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Flanders
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 57.28

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Book by Walter Isaacson

  • Type: Thing, Book
  • Result Score: 48.19
Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Statue by Jacques Jouvenal

Ben and Me

1953 film

  • Desc: Ben and Me is a 1953 American animated two-reel short subject produced by Walt Disney Productions and released theatrically on November 10, 1953.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_and_Me
  • Type: Movie, Thing
  • Result Score: 26.54
Franklin Medal

Franklin Medal

Award

  • Desc: The Franklin Medal was a science award presented from 1915 until 1997 by the Franklin Institute located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. It was founded in 1914 by Samuel Insull. The Franklin Medal was the most prestigious of the various awards presented by the Franklin Institute. Together with other historical awards, it was merged into the Benjamin Franklin Medal, initiated in 1998.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Medal
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 25.18

Benjamin Franklin

Book by Ronald W. Clark

  • Type: Thing, Book
  • Result Score: 24.00

Benjamin Franklin

Artwork

  • Type: Thing, VisualArtwork
  • Result Score: 24.00

Benjamin Franklin

Artwork

  • Type: Thing, VisualArtwork
  • Result Score: 24.00
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