Ben Franklin Documentary

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Him and him and him and him and him and him is paradoxical sounding for him he was the plan for scientists and inventors journalists is writing the Benjamin Franklin was the great American and his achievements were unparalleled in driving force behind America’s first public lending library first nonreligious college and first national newspaper diplomat he helped make American independence real George Washington vitamins) is probably the most indispensable person comes when matters of science was nothing less than the greatest thinker of his time we can certainly compare Franklin work with electricity with the Wright brothers were in the own history however there was another side a and then design doesn’t always show up in his him his life Franklin governed by not talking aesthetic I some moral superstars. Wrangling wasn’t engaging during drag against his opponent is a great feeling, but realizes man’s most more than 200 years and Franklin has inspired and informed him he has been analyzed criticized by an army of biographers that the essence of a man remains in Franklin County Department of winds and you elect to send a joke of Ben Franklin turns out everything we think a lot more room and for someone who has been a national icon for well over 200 years Benjamin Franklin remained surprisingly enigmatic as long public life and prolific writings present us with a maze of different personas at times Franklin’s diplomatic and others skeptical he can be flirtatious wearing conciliatory witting or maddeningly patient is rarely stubborn usually was candid and whenever necessary artfully these are the doorway into his full of mirrors is Franklin’s autobiography which he began writing the age of 6500 and Franklin one just to out and will be sentenced him in Franklin to first grade publicist and image maker in America and the greatest image created and I think Franklin is that masks Franklin American life is one great masquerade ball or Benjamin Franklin arrived at the party in January 1707 he was born in a modest home in Boston Massachusetts boy of 17 children by the age of 16 men was already showing ingenious preceptor and an apprentice printer he was indentured to his brother James publisher of a newspaper called the New England current wants to write about his newspaper but his brothers and older brother and Jealous so James) Is Having None of the Benjamin Franklin Has Disguises Handwriting. These Essays under the Door Understood and Hit Is Never Left Boston Writing As a Visa Widowed Older Woman from the Countryside and Silence Do-Gooder Personified This Middle-Aged Woman He’s Able to Carry the House so Convincingly That It Tools His Own Brother and I Have Now Remained in the State of Widowhood for Several Years of Mrs. Do-Gooder Estate I Never Much Admired I Could Be Persuaded to Marry Again Providing I Was Sure of Good-Humored Sober Agreeable Companion One Even with These Few Good Qualities Being Hard to Find I Have Lately Relinquished All That Later the Public Was Delighted with Silence Do-Gooder James However Was Not Amused When He Learned Her True Identity in the End Then Ran Away from His Apprenticeship His Family and Boston He Ended up in Philadelphia and Franklin Was a Runaway He Was a Fugitive from His Apprenticeship Which Made Him a Fugitive from Justice and Philadelphia Was a Place That Took and People like That Allow Them to Find What Is the Time of His Arrival Franklin Does Not Exactly Exude an Aura of Success He 17 Years Old He Has No Job Prospects and Just Enough Money to Buy A Few Roles of Red It Happens That He Strolls past the Home of a Young Woman Named Debbie Reed Was Destined to Be His Wife According to the Story He Tells She Was Standing in the Door of Her Father’s House and Market Street When This Rather Scruffy Looking Character Walks past with History Linen Hanging Out Of His Pockets and Munching on a Couple of Rolls Which Is Only an Money to Buy Breakfast Franklin Described This Evening’s Autobiography She Standing at the Door Stormy Don’t I Made As I Certainly Did the Most Awkward Ridiculous Appearance Is Difficult to Imagine George Bush and Nora, Jefferson Portraying Themselves in Such an Inglorious Part He’s Very Self-Aware and Very Introspective but He Finds Himself Amusing in a Way Can See the Old Man Writing the Autobiography Being Amused by His Younger Self so It’s a Very Funny Guy Is Looking at Himself and Laughing Part of There Was Plenty to Laugh about for Seven Years Been Knocked around Philadelphia and London Working As a Journeyman Printer and Getting in and Out Of Great Feuds with an Overbearing Employer Makes a Play for His Best Friend’s Girl and Get Stiffed on A Few Sizable but Ill Considered Low and Brushes with Human Nature through the First Section of the Autobiography Is One Long Account of America’s First Juvenile Delinquent and He Scams Other People Other People Scam Him and Out Of All of This Comes Away with a Very Considerable Appreciation of What You Can Expect from Others and a Very Considerable Self-Knowledge It Is during These Early Years That We First Encounter Bends Enduring Enthusiasm for the Company of Women and We Often Think of Benjamin Franklin As a Tottering Old Saying That When He Was Young Tradesmen in Philadelphia He Was the Outcry Good-Looking Guy Was 6 Feet Tall He Was a Great Swimmer Elected Wayne’s He Loved down the Dolls He Was You Know Have Been Broadcast When an Email Fell in Love with Him All the Time Is a Great Back Than When He Was Enough Philadelphia by His Own Testimony. Harvey Franklin Had a Lively with the and before He Was Married He Consorted with Called Low When He Was Really Data Processing Then Put It This Way That Hard to Be Governed and Used Hurriedly Frequently into Intrigues with Low Women Which Were Attended with Some Expense and the Continual Risk to My Health Reports to Us That It’s a Stone Miracle That Even Comes down with Syphilis or Some Other Venereal and Recommended People but on Hand He Didn’t Especially Condemn It in Himself He Recognize Was Part of Human Nature to His Human Nature Franklin Was All Too Familiar with His Nature Both Strengths and Weaknesses during Those First Years in Philadelphia He Had Embarked on a Quest for What He Called Moral Perfection Will Collectively the Harvested Frugality Industry (and Deferring to These Terms and Powerful Country
the Question of the Week He Went to Chart We Listen: How Well He Dies in an Industry and Frugality in All These Virgins Think He Was Incrementally Better It Wouldn’t Do Any Harm to Have a Little Bit of a Run at Modesty Would into Any Harm to Have a Little Bit from Run a Temperance He Never Says Lay off the Sauce He Always Said in His Autobiography Been Advanced with Some Amusement That the Project Was Probably Doomed from the Start Attention Was Taken up in Guarding against One Fault I Was Often Surprised by Another Advantage of Inattention Inclination Was Sometimes Too Strong for Reason We Finally Gave up the Whole Scheme He Realized That If He Had Become Morally Perfect He Would Have Sinned against the Last Time Unquestionably Because He Would’ve Been Too Full of Himself Having Achieved Perfection. And It’s Very Attentive Everything We Need to Know about Franklin Self-Improvement. Accomplished You Are a Great Start Putting Their Lives Will Will Will Will Will Will Will Be 73 Franklin’s Virtues Such As the Word Indisputable Talent Elevated Him from Journeyman Printer to Owner of His Own Shot down 24 He Was Also the Publisher of a Newspaper the Pennsylvania Gazette with His Social Position Improving Franklin Thought It Was High Time to Settle down Go for More Than the Usual Reasons His Intrigues with Low Women Had Resulted in the Birth of a Son William Debbie Reed to It Once Been the Object of Ben’s Romantic Attention Was Willing to Overlook Williams Origins and Youthful Indiscretion Shortly after the Child Was Born She and Benjamin Settled into a Common-Law Marriage during the Following Years Franklin Worked Hard and Pay Dutiful Attention to Appearances in Every Sense Benjamin Franklin Was Becoming a Self-Made Man He Actually Did Work Long Hours but He Took Pains to the People Saw Him Working Long Hours They Knew That If They Gave a Job to Franklin Franklin Would Get to the Shop Early He Would Work Late to Make Sure That It Was Done on Time Franklin Recognize That to Be a Success He Had to Be Good at What He Did Fail to Be Seen to Be Good at What He Was Mastered Both Ends of Is about the End That She’s Always Publishing His and He Wills the Cards of Handling the Young Printer to the up and down the Street People Will See He’s Industrious and throughout His Life He’s Creating This Image of the Frugal Hard-Working Tradesmen in 1733 Franklin Created yet Another Image for Himself As Richard Saunders Publisher of Poor Richard’s Almanac and Everybody Knew You Asserting It Was Trying but with Different and so When He Published As a Poor Richard He Can Say That He Want the Same As It Was As Though His Mother Side Measured Language Is Trying to Get out Early on Poor Richard Had to Contend with Arrival Almanac That Had Been Established for Some 20 Years and Was Determined to Take His Share of the Market Is Taking a Close Second Is to – Functional and the Right Direction Franklin Wasn’t by Engaging in What We Might Call. Tracks against His Opponent Said at One Point He Even Claimed That a Competing Almanac Maker and Tie the Rival Publisher Of Course Was Very Much Alive but Readers Delight and Zero Readers Also above the Regular Installments of Poor Richard’s Proverbs Sayings That Ring Is True Today As They Did When Franklin Wrote Them or the Two Centuries Ago Name Franklin Sands Resort Hangover Taught Generations Schoolchildren Antistatist and Hearing Early to Bed and Early to Rise Makes Man Healthy Well-Being While Others Have Not Been so Commonly Repeated Pounding As They Appealed to Her Dear Santa Came so Franklin Had One Thing for Some Reason What Is Another Way Thing Might Makes Right Franklin Sold Nominal 10,000 Almanacs Each Year Circulation Equal to Nearly 3,000,000 Today Then However Had Still Bigger Plans for His Printing Business like a Great Take Any Such Franchising (Chopped up and down Because of His Relatives and Apprentices from Boston down the Barbados Have These Projects We Take to 50% Equity Stake He Would Send out Printers and Healing He Would Enter Individual Partnership with That He Would Provide the Inventory He Would Provide the Equipment They Would Do the Labor and Even Split the Profit Franklin’s Media Empire Was a Stunning Success from His Arrival As a Penniless Runaway He Had Remade Himself into One of Philadelphia’s Most Distinguished Citizen Benjamin Franklin’s Efforts at Improvement Did Not End with Himself However He Would Also Be the Driving Force behind Radical Social Innovation That Still Have an Impact on Americans in the 21st Century.

People Benjamin Franklin’s Favorite Founding Father Is Reflected Back Franklin in His Temperament and Outlook Is the One It Easy to Imagine Living in a 21st-Century Tools Watching 10 in the Year 2004 2500 Thomas Jefferson May Be Easier Franklin Will Be Really Mean It’s Still Easy to Imagine Benjamin Franklin in Modern-Day America Because Modern-Day America Was Markedly Benjamin Franklin Franklin’s Imprint on the Civic Life of the Country Can Be Traced At Least As Far Back As 1727 When He Organized a Small Social Club the Junto the 12 Member Group Which Meant Every Friday Evening in a Local Tavern Included a Cobbler Clerk Cabinetmaker and Several Printers Junto Is a Crew of Apprentices Journeyman All Them Clearly Smart Ambitious Young Kids on the Main Looking to Advance Themselves in the Philadelphia Economy Franklin Very Much Believe in Self-Improvement for What He Calls We Than That Link the Practice and You Can Trust Me a Link with the Establishment of the Crown to Protect Our Right to Dr. Weaver Mailing People You Could Call a Seminar of Self Improvement the People Who Were Part of This Seminar Part of This Discussion Club with People Who Are in a Similar Situation As Franklin for the Most Part They Didn’t Have Formal Schooling but They Were Very Interested in Educating Themselves That’s Not to Say Ben and His Cohorts Were All Work and No Play Junto Meetings Were Lubricated with Alcohol Punctuated by Drinking so Franklin Mott Zero
Some Better Than Others and They Gave Her an Activity with Little Smile with Friends and Client through the Living Room Friend in in between Songs Franklin and the Junto Hatched Plans That Would Change the World and They Helped Establish Philadelphia’s First Volunteer Fire Department and the First Nonreligious College in America the Philadelphia Academy Survives Today Is the University Of Pennsylvania among the Greatest Achievements Was the Creation of America’s First Public Lending Library Library Company of Philadelphia Thanks to the Junto Books Would No Longer Be the Exclusive Domain of the Wealthy and Well-Connected They Were Simply Trying to Improve Back in Break down This Fundamental Barrier Class That Had Separated the Uneducated from the Educated the Wealthy from the People with Lesser Resources They Made It Possible for People like Franklin Who Had No Business Engaging in Political Discussions Philosophical Discussions at a Very High Level to Do Exactly and It’s This Class That Can Spearhead the American Revolution in the 1760s in 1770 Benjamin Franklin the Maneuvering Requirement Public Life Was in Itself and Educating America’s Degree in Human Nature and Gamesmanship Life Is a Kind of Chess He Wrote in Which We Have Points to Gain and Competitors to Contend with by Playing Chess We Learn Not to Make Our Moves to Hastily Some of Ben’s Most Calculated Most Pertain to Matters of Religion for Starters He Had to Learn to Navigate between Philadelphia’s Various Congregations You’ve Got to Understand with Presbyterians like We’ve Got to Understand What Quakers like the Presbyterians in the Quakers Hate Each Other If You Can Be the Kind of a Cultural Broker That Franklin Was You Can’t Be One or the Other of Those Who Nominally a Presbyterian Himself Then Had Ties to Christchurch and Anglican Congregation It Was All Part of the Game Is Going to Christchurch to Take Will See a Very Large Prominent Pew Which Is Marked As the Pulitzer Franklin Family Which Is Weird Because Franklin Was Not Anglican Knotted Episcopalians We Would Now Call That Franklin Thought That It Was Policy to Have Appealing Christchurch Which Was the Church of Richest Denomination Was Socially Prestigious Denomination in the City of Ben’s Ties to Organized Religion Extended beyond Christchurch during His Lifetime Franklin Donated to the Building on Each and Every Church Building Philadelphia Is One of the Largest Individual Contributors for Synagogue Built in Philadelphia Folk Religions All Too Good and He Cared Not a Fig about the Final Differences but He Was Perfectly Willing to Support Civic Institutions That Ameliorated the Life of His Fellow Citizens While Being a Friend to All of Philadelphia’s Religions Then Also Nurtured His Own Beliefs about Religion There Is a God Discredit the World and They Were Ships Fast the Best Way We Can Worship God Is Doing Good among the Doing Good Was a Favorite Strategy of Ben’s Especially in That Murky Area Where Civic Duty Also Promoted Personal Gain for Which It Had a Wonderful Saying: Doing Well by Doing Good I Began to Concern the Community but Also Do Well by Yourself and That Was Really Franklin’s Creed in 1736 A Few Years after Opening His Printshop Franklin Becomes Clerk of the Pennsylvania Assembly through His Position He Secures a Lucrative Contract Printing the Assembly Proceedings the Standards of Conflict of Interest for Platforms That We Nowadays Were Kind of Shocked about Halliburton Gets a Large Number of Contracts and Worked for the Government in near Looks like Insider Dealings and Stuff like That but Back Then It Was Pretty Natural That a Person Who Is a Civic Leader Can Also Do Well in His Business through His Civic Life Franklin Also Served the British Crown Is a Royal Deputy Postmaster Franklin Had Responsibility for Improving the Postal Service throughout the American Colonies and Heated Wonderful Job at This the Delivery of Mail in Fact around the College from Philadelphia to New York in the 18th Century Was Faster Than Deliberate Males Is Today for Franklin’s Postal Innovations Also Helped Himself He Could Now Be Secure That His Newspaper Was Widely Distributed across the Colonies As the Proprietor the Printer the Publisher of Pennsylvania That He Quite Commonly Reported News from Other, the Faster the News Got from Boston Philadelphia Faster Than His Got from Charlestown Philadelphia the Sooner He Can Get It in Paper the More Valuable His Paper Would Be the Pennsylvania Gazette Became in Essence the New York Times of Its Day for the Time He Was 40 Benjamin Franklin Was Becoming a Household Name across the Colonies It Would Be Franklin’s Discoveries about Electricity However That Propelled Him to International Stardom As an American Man Teams like Me Ben Franklin Hardly Qualifies As a Hitting It Exactly Turn on a Dropout but He Did Reach a Stage in Life When He Decided to Quit Working and Have More Fun Franklin Is Sometimes Held up As the Archetype of the American Capitalist That a Self-Made Man Who Succeeds in Business and to a Certain Extent He Was It Was Much More Than a Plus Franklin Retired from Business Engaging 42 Why Because He Had He There Were Other Things He Wanted to Do with His Time I Sure like to Give Myself Leisure to Read Study Make Experiments and Converse and Large with Such Ingenious and Worthy Man Knows Are Pleased to Honor Me with Their Friendship I Franklin Sold His Business Keeping a Share of the Profits to Fund His Retirement Then He Unleashed His Inventive Imagination) Was a Great Inventor and Stock Is a Little Teaches Himself out As Well by Looking at Books about and Then He Must Swim Faster Things and Slippers and Fans and Stuff like That and an Even Faster Straps Jumps in the Boston Harbor and Toxic Heights and Pulled across Boston Harbor with a Kite Franklin’s Incentive This Franklin’s Curiosity Was Just like the Energizer Bunny Never Stuffed with Always Churning Franklin Never Went Anywhere Never Did Anything without Looking around and Ask Himself What Is Going on Why Is This so Franklin’s Questions and More Importantly His Answers Fueled a Lifetime of Remarkable Discovery during the Transatlantic Voyage Then Becomes Curious about Anomalies in Ocean Temperatures and Ends up Charging What We Now Know As the Gulfstream after Calculating the Physics of Heat Radiation and Convection Currents Then Designs the Most Efficient Home Heating Device of the 18th Century the Franklin Stove and When Then Becomes Fed up Changing between Reading Glasses and Distance Classes the Mouse Half of Each Lens in Both Sides of His Frames Because the Design Double Spectacles Today We Call Them Bifocal Few Inventors Can Post a String of Number One Hits but Every Now and Then Been Uncorked to Complete Failure Most Notable Is Phonetic Alphabet Events Planned Most of the 26 Familiar Letters Are Retained but There Are Also Six Newsletters among Them Being Is That and This Letter to a Lady Friend Is One of the Few That Franklin Wrote Using Is Phonetic Alphabet Soon after He Dropped the System Much to the Relief of Those on the Receiving End of Such Messages after A While He Kind Gives up on the Phonetic Alphabets nor Webster Pics about File Write Some Articles about It. But Franklin Realizes That He’s Never Going to Be Beveled up with a Form That Far and Get Everybody to Use a Phonetic Alphabet from Phonetic Alphabet Died a Quiet Merciful Death Another Franklin Conventions Was Serenading Audiences across Your Ben’s Musical Instrument Was a New Spin on an Old Trick Rubbing the Rims of Crystal Goblet to Create Musical Tones like He Did Was Send Want Your Finger around the Ring and 20 Franklin Is Wanting a Practical and Turned Income to Your Folders and Exactly What He Did with Lesser Money This Is Ben’s Personal Harmonica Built during the 1760s and House Today at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia Been Mounted 37 Crystal Bowls on an Iron Rod Which Was Then Rotated by a Foot Pedal to the Bulls Turned in Front She Would Let His Fingers with Water and the Friction Produced by His Fingertips on His Balls Need and Characteristics Found on the Things Franklin Invented This Was Very Favorite One While His Harmonica Brought Him Widespread Acclaim during His Lifetime He Was Franklin’s Work with Electricity That Would Make Him a Legend for the Ages Franklin Came to Electricity Time Electricity Was Not Quite a Science It Was a Curiosity It Was Almost Fell off and Was a Vaudeville after Seeing One of These Shows Ben Was Hoped He Acquired This Contraption Known As a Hawks Beat Generator the Sole Purpose Was to Create Static Electricity This Hawks Beat Generator Is Very Similar to the Kind of Device Franklin Used to Generate Electrical Charges This Plastic Drum Will Pick up Electrical Charges from This Pattern As I Crank It Those Electrons Will Then Be Transferred through the Press Fingers onto the Collection Cylinder and It out to the Distribution Point Will the Charge Can Also Be Directed along the Chain to a Pair of Dishes or Objects like Styrofoam Peanuts Rise and Fall in Response to the Invisible Flow of Electrons Franklin Performs Similar Trick Using a Small Spider Made of Fabric through Simple Experiments like These Franklin Develops His Landmark Theory of Electricity He Begins with an Entirely New Terminology Diary Plus and Minus Charge and Discharge Things We Normally Use Every Day Franklin Was the First to Use These Words in Relation to Electricity Franklin’s Discovery of the Single Fluid Theory of Electricity Electricity Is a Flow from Positive to Negative Exactly the Most Important Discovery of That Century Compares about Newton’s Theory of Gravity and Century before and the Theory of Transistors and Microchips in Our Own Center Because It Has Very Practical Implications Franklin’s Most Important Contribution However the One for Which He Is Most Now Was to Demonstrate That Light Is in Fact a Form of Electricity Than This Flew Directly in the Face of the Religious Concepts of the Time of Thunderstorms Lightning and Thunder Were Definitely Acts of God Even Punishments of God Fires Started by Lightning Could Decimate Entire Tones Single-Handedly Franklin Would Find a Way to Prevent These Natural Calamities Franklin Devised a Theory of Electricity How the Particles in the Atmosphere Jostling around in a Thunderstorm We Create These Charges Just like the Ones in the Laboratory but Most Importantly He Devised a Way to Franklin Publishes His Theories and a Plan for Testing Them in 1751 in May 1970 52 French Scientists Following His Instructions Are the First to Prove Conclusively That Lightning Is Indeed Nothing More Than Electricity in June before News Arrives from France Than Is Ready to Conduct His Famous Kite Experiment the Concept Seems Simple Today a Small Wire on the Kite Will Draw an Electric Charge from the Clouds the Charge Will Then Travel down the String to Achieve Tight onto the Line the Small Electric Spark That He Got from His Kite through the Key Definitely Showed Him That Lightning Really Was Just the Same Static Electricity He’d Been Experimenting with for Small-Scale except This Scale Was Absolutely Enormous for Him within Weeks Franklin Unveils His Lightning Rod Which Remains the Reliable Way to Channel a Lightning Bolt Harmlessly into the Ground at the Age of 46 Ben Had Secured His Place in History There Are a Number of Legacies Left over by the Founding Fathers but One of the Most Practical Ones Is the Lightning Rod Created by Benjamin Franklin Every Building Every Edifice in the World That Stands in Some Height Has One and That One Might Argue That without Lightning Rod on Buildings Might Not Come into Existence Franklin Was the One Who Was PeopleSoft Reported Tamed the Lightning He Stole the Lightning from the Heavens after Franco’s Research Is Electricity Became He Was One of the Most Famous People in the Western World His Honorary Degrees in Edinburgh and That Inoculating Cambridge and Eventually Yale and Harvard in the United States and Thereafter He Allowed Himself to Be Referred to As Dr. Franklin Will Then Enjoy the Worldwide Acclaim He Refused Any of These Inventions He Didn’t Earn It Time from the Lightning Rod for the Stove That Was Just the Way He Wanted He Felt That He Didn’t Need Any More Money Was Far More Important That He Could Simply Contribute to the Well-Being of Society the Lightning Rod in Particular He Felt Was to Save Lots of Lives Saved Lots of Homes and Buildings from Destruction It Was Far More Important to Him That This Invention Be Disseminated Broadly Than If He Franklin’s Turn Profit from Ben’s Discoveries and Inventions Alone Would Probably Have Been Enough to Guarantee His Lasting Fame of Ben Franklin’s Greatest Achievement Was Still on the Horizon Challenging the Political Order and Establishing American Independence Would Become Franklin’s Most Enduring Legacy before He Could Raise the Flag of Rebellion However Benjamin Franklin Would Have To Question His Loyalty to the Crown of England in Short He Would Have To Question Himself or Him These Days It Seems the British Royal Family Is a Nonstop Soap Opera of Petty Rivalries Multi-Scandals and Epic Tragedy the Spectacle Is of Little Consequence to Most Americans Of Course There Was a Time When the Royals Actually Mattered a Time When Americans Were British Subjects and No One Was More Devoted to the British Crown in Our Own Benjamin Franklin He Felt That the British Empire Politically Speaking Was the Best Thing to Do for the Greatest Protection to Write the Greatest Scope for Individual Ambitions and Opportunities Franklin Eventually Would Be Forced to Change His Mind but It Would Require a Real Identity Crisis in Franklin Ben’s Evolution from Royalist to Rebel to Play out over Some 30 Years and Mirror the Changes That Shaped America from the 1740s to the Early 1760s Ben and His Fellow Colonists Were Staunchly British Fighting a Common Battle against France and Its Indian Allies in the Wilds of North America the Conflict Culminated in What Is Known Today As the French Are When French Raiders Penetrate to within 50 Miles of Philadelphia Franklin Raises a Militia to Defend British Interest Later He and His Son William Restore British Control to Frontier Towns Decimated by Union Attacks) is a military But in the 1750s when the Indians a terrorist of he and William go off to the Frontières and with this voluntary militia they helped build the line of full accepts try to protect Pennsylvania from the marauding Indians in 1757 Franklin left the simmering conflict for London been selected as the agent or lobbyist representing Pennsylvania’s assembly before Parliament in addition to his official duties Ben had personal business to attend to business befitting a prominent citizen of the British Empire Frank was very serious about getting a land grant in the West and he brought together a lot of powerful political leaders and bankers of London until Sunday Was going to try to get a land-grant so as usual with Franklin is also observed in a related and conflicting interests as he goes about his business was in England Franklin would even seek a post as undersecretary of the British ministry larger events would force them to reconsider his allegiance to the catalyst was the end of the French and Indian war in 1763 Britain had one but his treasury was depleted the British and spent a lot of money defending the colonies and him and him will so they wanted to raise in taxes in order to pay for the Americans understood the need to help pay for these what they wanted the right to impose their own taxes instead of having the parliament in England and Plaza taxes the Stamp Act passed in 1765 required Americans to pay taxes on just about every scrap of paper the use of playing cards court documents and newspapers Franklin opposed the measure in principle but did little to lobby against its passage at times he wasn’t fully aggressive enough you can opposed to Stamp Act strongly enough for his constituents back in Pennsylvania because he saw himself as a loyal subject he wanted while appointment he wanted to land-grant and that in some ways help separate him from the more radical sentiment back in the colonies the Stamp Act was greeted with pride violence with acts of well liked the people might call political terrorism the standard agents were in some cases part and feathered the supporters of the British government had their houses torn down and they themselves were sometimes ridden out of town on a rail Franklin found himself caught out on the wrong foot here in America Franklin’s reputation plummeted one political cartoon even depicted him as an agent of the devil now he quickly had to try to align himself a little bit more with what the position in America was if only to be an effective mediator between the Americans and the British but he still believed that reason could bring the two sides back together because he thought it would be a tremendous shame and a great loss to Americans British to the world at large if the British Empire fell apart on February 13, 1766 Franklin appears before Parliament and argues forcefully against the Stamp Act nine days later Parliament rescinds the measure his testimony against the Stamp Act was the single most important thing they convinced the English government that it had to appeal the act it also was a single most important thing to making Franklin the premier spokesman for the colonies and restoring his reputation back in America Stamp Act episodes left Franklin questioning his loyalties to England those doubts increased when Parliament instituted new taxes on the colonies in the real issue was that in London colonies were perceived as subservient economically and politically they were second-class citizens they could have their own manufacturing and couldn’t not have their own power to tax without London’s permission and was destined to cause a breach what began as a breach escalated into a disaster on March 5, 1770 British soldiers gunned down five Americans during a sudden explosive street battle infamous Boston massacre Franklin was outraged that he still believed relations between Britain and America could be saved to continue his role as mediator he accepted an offer to serve as agent for the Massachusetts assembly the mother load of American defiance against Dragon or radical direction by Samuel Adams and John Adams and the other leaders of the Massachusetts assembly and he also has a satisfies Pennsylvania constituents as well since trying to hold things together but it becomes more and more difficult in late 1772 Franklin began to play a high-stakes game he would crank up the political heat but only against a limited political target Thomas Hutchinson Royal Gov. of Massachusetts Hutchinson and his lieutenant governor were bitter enemies of the Massachusetts assembly by means that still remains something of Mr. a Franklin obtained letters written by Hutchinson in at least one the governor urged Britain to curtail American liberties Franklin sent the letters to an ally in Massachusetts always this point his point wise to shell that the laws that and then past the scene to infringe on the rights of Americans were not part of a grand conspiracy is simply the work of a few bad apples would Franklin did was he took these letters and made them public just the way Daniel Ellsberg and released the Pentagon papers was trying to show what the government is doing by opening up with the government was doing it was going to explain things he hoped that the King would recall these officials and that would allow the American special Massachusetts to the radicals in America to to recognize a release to say that okay now we can simply kiss and makeup and has with the Pentagon papers it erupts into a huge scandal in London Franklin found himself at the center of the storm he was summoned to appear before the privy Council the king’s highest ranking advisors him just before Franco) counsel news of the Boston tea party arrives in London and so now Franklin becomes in essence the scapegoat for all of the sin of the Americans over the last 10 years the Stamp Act writes everything leading up to this recent riot and destruction January 29, 1774 Benjamin Franklin stands before the privy Council in the hall known as the cockpit once a stage for bloody cockfights the galleries are filled with members of Parliament and other dignitaries most antagonistic to Franklin Alexander Wedderburn solicitor general speaks for Britain he dresses down Franklin as he might a teenage pickpocket and Franklin is realizing I didn’t have to first time it really personal The political has become personal and Franklin must’ve been thinking I’m always going to be treated as a second-class person simply because I am an American as I see it and walked into the cockpit on an January morning in 1774) and he walked out and American Franklin returned to Pennsylvania in time to help draft the Declaration of Independence he had been a British subject for 70 years now he declared himself an American president is committed to the British Empire and several years letters to commit an act don’t think it was anything wrong think the difference is that Franklin actually remains thinking and thinking man from your ideas evolve and change independence would require battling the greatest superpower on the face of the planet the United States had few weapons and little money so Congress turned to the man who had plucked lightning from the heavens and asked them to perform another merit convinced the King of France to bankroll the American Revolution gun ammunition sold money in 1776 the United States was desperately short on EVEN as it was staring into the jaws of the world’s mightiest superpower George Washington had the unenviable job of molding farmers and merchants with credible army Benjamin Franklin set sail for Europe with an equally daunting challenge convinced the King of France to openly side with America against the British are this was by no means the task in the first place the United States even if the French recognized as legitimate country was weak there was absolutely no precedent for this sort of revolution to think that this new country could maintain its independence from no illusions about what is motivating the facts they are operating nuclear self-interest Rivalry with integrated a piece of 1763 to seek their revenge for interest in American independence complicating things even more with the fact that the independence of the United States was premised on something that was absolutely anathema to the French crown namely revolting against overthrowing your King in fact the Declaration of Independence itself was banned in France selling an anti-Royal uprising to King Louis XVI test the limits of Ben Franklin’s gamesmanship Franklin knew he had little of substance to offer his mere presence in France however became nothing less than a national holiday the man who it came like was coming to Paris he was the star of his day the closest analogy I can make to Franklin’s arrival in Paris and 70s anything with the arrival of the Beatles in New York in 1964 and six and the objective is to worship Eric Franklin Street is different) Dyer is a representation of client existed irrespective wallpaper is inescapable in edge Franklin himself was amused by the frenzy might portrait is a bestseller he wrote to one of his children your father’s face is now as well known is that the moon and then we leverage his unprecedented fame to put the squeeze on Louis XVI and literally the 16th the King of France has to deal with growing discontent within his own country on the part of this rising bourgeoisie the class that is going to take charge in the French Revolution and Franklin takes pains to become as popular as possible with exactly this group is no question that his prestige is one of the biggest weapons and America’s arsenal so if King Louis Van can’t get along with Franklin D risk not only alienating the Americans that alienating this group that solons Franklin and Franklin quickly learns to play politics French style becomes a master of that uniquely Parisian institution the Salam visit these late-night dinner parties that the movers and shakers of French politics could themselves be shaken and move its Franklin attempting to really hate this life is definitely realize their purpose to work is different to everyone which is kind of a social platform Franklin was assembled superstar primarily because he was witty and supremely accomplished but been also dressed for success one of the great masquerades of his career he understood almost at once almost intuitively that the French would not be impressed with some pretender try to address as elegantly as they did the weight of their hearts with the simple woods Quaker Franklin was never a Quaker Franklin never lived anywhere near the backwoods in his entire life but he began sending faxes buddies in Pennsylvania I need shipments of coonskin caps and those ludicrous coonskin caps that he never worn in his life he begins wearing every salon to every public appearance slated to the hilt in the French were enthralled and is Franklin’s fame grew so did the envy of certain other Americans in particular Franklin’s ease with Parisian women only sometimes referred to as his mistresses stands in stark contrast to the tortured efforts of John Adams another member of the American delegation Franklin Adams had two very different approaches the front you can even see it in a way they learn the French language Franklin talk about how we learn to speak French by lounging on the cause of his friends mistresses with comes like to speak French by memorizing a volume of French funeral oration so they haven’t totally different style Franklin’s terms is not a controlled substance or something in his own state’s real friction between this is classic over and classic underachiever for Chrysler and most popular guy between Robinson Franklin he goes to Paris he discovers that Franklin is the line of French society hands is enough in the fact that people of Paris get him confused to Samuel Adams and are always will they end up calling the other Adams even routine office work ended in fits of some pondering rage for the other Adams John would be at work early and Ben would stroll in at noon after late-night at the Salam & ironic that the person who is spoken about early to bed early to rise makes me healthy while the Giants growing on poor Richard’s only and here was the author for riches on act not following that kind of advice at all but Franklin understood that he was actually getting more business done for the American mission at 2 o’clock in the morning in somebody’s salon then comes the at 8 o’clock in the morning in the office that simply the way the world of Parisian politics work and in bins view John was a mixed blessing he means well for his country noted Franklin and is always an honest man but in some things absolutely out of his senses the French find Adams even more annoying the foreign minister refuses to deal with him it is Franklin who patiently works the French government for more than a year to February 1778 after learning of a significant American victory at Saratoga Louis XVI finally signs on the dotted line next to George Washington Benjamin Franklin is probably the most indispensable person when it comes to winning the revolution now what had been a trickle of corporate farms becomes a full battlefield a steady stream of weapons and soldiers arrive in America plans and provides 90% of the compatible using the revolution Lucky Lafayette has almost as many French visit your account is George Washington has American troops that that’s what allows us to win the revolution militarily still battlefield successes must be translated into diplomatic terms after the decisive victory at Yorktown Franklin and a team of American envoys would spend two years haggling with the British over details of a final peace treaty in the end of British realize that it wanted to have America as an ally and Franklin is able to play off written against France said that both competing to have better alliances with Americans as a realizing America’s going to be the great trading and economic partner in the new century and it ends up with Franklin being able to make deals with both will with the signing of the peace treaty in 1783 Benjamin Franklin had added diplomat to his long list of achievements was perhaps the most accomplished man in the world of fact not lost on any number of women want to come one has only to peek through the keyhole of history to glimpse another facet of this remarkable man you might say that Franklin was the 18th century’s preeminent heartthrob loves me 1000th part so well as I do you urge one woman another confided with the first man that ever received a private letter from me get a third implored David ever pleases you to remember the woman who lunch of the most think of me the evidence is right there in black and white women love Benjamin Franklin and then return the favor whether or not these affections crossed the line into naked passion makes for an alluring mystery was Benjamin Franklin and incurable romantic or reckless womanizer most people that I write to associate Franklin was in bastard children fathered by innumerable women that he had its way with the woman who studied this was closely finds virtually no evidence for any of it except this one illegitimate son whom he raised his life Franklin governed by sexual passions he says he tries to obtain them because it came to my getting married and in some ways he dies but he still always love flirting with women Franklin always had a taste for smart women always had a taste for intellectual exchange with smart women as well as taste for beautiful women by all accounts Through Ray also noticed Katie to build she met then in Boston in 1754 soon after they shared a carriage south through New England the events of that trip remain unclear the K the road to been just after no longer survives some say been himself made sure that it didn’t I think he tried to make it a romantic relationship but she resisted selling the hand like almost all of his other relationships it’s really a flirtation of the mind and of the heart but not really a romantic relationship they remain friends for the rest of their lives will Franklin had women friends in Britain as well during much of his tenure as a colonial agent in London then took a room at this house on Craven Street there he enjoyed the company of his landlady Margaret Stephenson and her daughter Polly and once again Franklin developed a very flirtatious relationship with the young woman also a very intellectual relationship he writes about all the scientific discoveries Polly was even among the trust few who received a letter written in bins phonetic alphabet but there may have been something more between Ben and Polly this sketch was done in 1767 by well-known artist after he’d stumbled upon Ben and a young lady at Craven Street young lady’s identity has never been confirmed though she is said to be none other than Polly Stephenson Franklin’s relations Polly Stephenson is a puzzle we will probably never unravel likewise his relation with her mother Margaret whether there was something ongoing legal romantic whether they were living together in anything other than the sense that he was living in her building enough citizens. Between 1776 in 1785 Franklin stay in France that has given rise to the most notorious tales about Ben and his girlfriend by that time his wife Debbie had died then was on his own Franklin in the ladies of Paris has always been an irresistible subject the question of what he actually wanted from them what he actually got from them has had a life forever soon after arriving in France been moved into a suite of rooms in the château in the town of how she just outside Paris despite appearances bins lifestyle here was far from opulent Franklin had probably the most Spartan existence of any diplomatic Paris the time the household of 239 and staff diplomat that has happened to the hundred was no foreigner ever sat Franklin’s table and complimented him on his sumptuous fare was always poor Franklin historical existence we had a single Republican meal and Dr. Franklin what made you see so delectable to been was the neighborhood or more precisely the girl next door and Louise Brielle usually is really very beautiful and beautiful women parents married mother of two teenage daughters to do is Franklin Mme. Marie O’Rourke was known for her musicianship and her artistic temperament a tendency towards melodramatic it is said that even a few gusts of wind might plunger into a fit of despondency beginning in the spring of 1777 graduate Franklin patiently provided comfort to Matt he called on her twice a week and they wrote to each other between visits will finish it would’ve appreciated getting something more in return and synchronize the house with the letters S the longer they spent together the more drawn anywhere to one another and I don’t think there’s any question that Franklin would’ve loved it if an embryo yielded it would certainly seem that met embryonal was tempted by we might think along the same lines she wrote we must speak and act differently perhaps there is no great harm in a man having desires and yielding to the home woman may have desires but she must argue rejection however only seem to fuel bins passion Franklin was very serious in his pursuit of Mme. Briand and he wrote all sorts of salacious letters trying to entice her into a relationship in one note-the first of his loving words that almost certainly permit to have a double meaning my poor little boy whom you want to cherish instead of being fat Jolly started almost to death for what the nourishment which you inhumanely deny Brielle bounced insinuations] been delayed the advised the temperament to fatten up his favorite at other tables for her to always offer to meet your diet for his appetite though politically put the meaning was clear no date finally agreed that he would consider her as a daughter and she would consider him as a beloved father should begin addressing him as more and he occasionally addressed her as my dear daughter will father figure it was a role been reluctantly assumed with more than one young he finished his sentence he was always a remarkably vigorous and physical specimen he probably did have some forlorn hopes that they would respond to his advances but he always came on as an uncle he always came on with an easy escape route for them that was not the case with another Frenchwoman Anna Catherine Helvey’s use of ravishing beauty in her youth Mme. Hovey’s use was an attractive fiftysomething widow when she caught bins I in 1778 she was somewhat bohemian she had both the qualities of the upper class to the bohemian nature of somebody who had been raped for and he love that makes in her with Mme. Helvey’s Franklin was apparently more interested in marriage than lusty adventure but rather than asked directly been writes her a fanciful story in which he just hints at a proposal and deposited the lowest intake altogether seriously I said is a perfectly serious bit of work and strengthen down is no question that his devotion to her outlines the flirtation return to… Nearing the end of his life he still writing her believer is still considering his dreams and hopes witnesses) is a real elements are covered with hair in the later years of his life been wrote letter is not only to Mme. Helvey’s use to Katie met embryonal and Polly as well clearly he valued his female friends the friendships whatever the nature survived both time and distance it is no secret however that Franklin showed little evidence of such strong connections with his own family in fact it is in family matters the Benjamin Franklin would show the most puzzling side of his complex and enigmatic character is not a total exaggeration to say that Benjamin Franklin could’ve charmed just about anyone on the planet yet by all accounts bins charisma vanished when it came to his wife and children with them Franklin seems to of been cold and aloof a virtual stranger in his own family I don’t know if this means that he didn’t value these family relationships or if he didn’t know how to express the feelings that he had as a young man the emotional distance was not so obvious men’s affection for his wife Debbie and the life they shared was genuine that would change with time Franklin’s life is a succession of outgrowing one environment and growing in the next one at the time Franklin married Debbie he was a young businessman in Philadelphia trying to get a start she was a young woman in Philadelphia for whole world had been Philadelphia for 15 or 20 years Franken was content to spend nearly all of his time in Philadelphia Debbie help been raised his illegitimate son William been in 1732 Debbie gave birth to a son Francis been delighted in the miniature perfection of the infant whom he called Frankie luxurious joints and hinges on which limbs are moved to and fro tomorrow inconceivable variety of nerves veins arteries fibers and little invisible parts when Frankie was for the ghastly mistake would bring bins fatherly exuberance to a sudden end Franklin had for years been an advocate of inoculation against smallpox but one thing and another meeting the demands of business that prevented him from inoculating Frankie Silver smallpox came through that season is swept away Frankie and Franken always felt a certain feel about that that Franklin does become emotionally detached walled off from the rest of his family and was assuming a van in even years later he wrote his sister St. can think of his young son Frankie with tears welling in his eyes seven years after Frankie’s death Ben and Debbie had a second child Sarah but Sally as she was called she was little more than a footnote to her father’s illustrious life from the time Sally was 12 until she was 39 more than a quarter-century been spent just over three years in America he even chose to stay in London when Sally was married yet she remained devoted Sally’s’s daughter is always trying to do things to please him he’s very grudging in his praise perhaps Sally’s most poignant attempt to win her father’s approval came during his years in Paris Sally decides to make some cell and presented to him to give to the queen of France because she wanted to show the industriousness and American American products and help I find talent and Franklin’s totally dismiss outsourcing how can you give us enough to think that you should get something to the queen of France and then apparently refrain from such harsh comments in letters to his wife’s absence however spoke volumes Ben was in London away from Debbie for nearly 20 years of their marriage his horizons broadened out group Philadelphia he grew into this larger sphere Debbie refused to join him in London she knew she wouldn’t weigh in on she would than comfortable she would have done a disservice to herself and insert essentially done a disservice to her husband so she stays home Franklin felt a pang of homesickness melted away under the care of the Stephenson’s on Craven Street it was a home away from home with the added spice perhaps of romance and lucrative needs family approach for reversal families not necessarily his own and distance there is sound family and a great feeling it’s probably his family relations and its most clear no matter what might be happening at home been preferred to stay in London even a family emergency couldn’t lure him back in November 1769 Debbie suffers a stroke in a letter to bed and she attributes her illness to their separation calling it dissatisfied distress I was unable to bear anymore she writes so I felt could not get up again the fact that he knows his wife of many years is still he knows that she wants him to come home and he doesn’t doesn’t really speak well of Frank’s attachment to this relationship Deborah Franklin died just before Christmas 1774 she hadn’t seen her husband in more than seven years perhaps the most complex of Ben’s family relationships was with his first son with him for most of both of their lives Benjamin and William Franklin not only father and son by friends political allies confidants it was William who assisted been with the now legendary kite experiment in 1752 experiment conducted in total secrecy though many illustrations show with him as a young boy he was in fact in his early 20s in the decades that followed father and son grew ever closer they traveled together they went to the front here to gather and even brings William to England together when he becomes an envoy of the colonies over in England while in Britain William fathered his own illegitimate son Temple Franklin the birth of Temple Ben’s first grandchild was kept secret been assumed responsibility for the boy with Williams consent beside I most important issues they were business partners William Desmond were involved in a plan to gain Landry in the Ohio Valley Benjamin Franklin was responsible for millions appointment as real governor of New Jersey to each one was promoting the career of the other and there was a sort of family business people sometimes criticized as a family conspiracy the small Franken Monteith was working to promote the interest of the Franken family they were that close in the end however Ben’s decision to embrace the revolution would tear them apart when he comes back to America right is the revolution has begun his first meeting is with his son playing encounter sign that he can become a rapidly spinning join the cause of independence, patriotic on the American cost any as William to resign as well governor of New Jersey and join the cause but William Locke Williams stays loyal to the crowd and what you have is a personal split that mirrors the political split between the mother country in the colonies the bitter split soon extends to include William son Temple than 15 is a struggle for the soul of this Between Benjamin Franklin and way of and back and forth at Temple guns from New Jersey to Pennsylvania throughout 1775 and the finally he sides with Benjamin Franklin his grandfather and becomes a revolutionary there is more bitterness to come in March 1776 William learns that his father is part of a secret American mission heading to Canada to enlist support for the revolution William passes the information to his British superiors who apparently mobilized soldiers to intervene Franklin learned about this he became exceedingly heard and it became impossible for Franklin to forgive William it’s it’s difficult to know where to begin the blame for this audience or blame is is the right word after Washington’s victory at Yorktown there was little to keep with human America he left for England in 1782 is final meeting with Dan came in July 1785 and then stopped in Britain on his way home from France’s arrival was preceded by a letter and nothing has ever hurt me so much as to find myself deserted in my old age by my only son Ben wrote when you I ought not to blame your differing in sentiment with me in public affairs though there are natural duties which precede political bonds cannot be extinguished by the hurried meeting between Benin Litton’s disaster there is no compromise of forgiveness no reconciliation William won’t apologize for what he is done Frank and of course won’t apologize for what he is done each one believes that the other ought to be the one making apologies these two strong headed man Franklin now is nearly 80 William is in his 50s in a full-grown man and each one has a very firm stance of his own rectitude and they simply can’t get back together this political will is absolutely no crossing the longest for the latest and essentially out of Israel wants to all in all Benjamin Franklin appears painfully on gifted as a husband and father though he did spend his later years living with his daughter Sally whatever his personal shortcomings Franklin’s legacy is a founding fathers shines with his customary bridges as much as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson is Ben Franklin would see the vision speak the wisdom and set the example shaped the personality of the United States even today with Benjamin Franklin returned from France in 1785 he was greeted as a hero Franklin was finally home to stay in the people of Philadelphia shouted the respect from every street corner whatever attentions Ben had withheld from his family he lavished on his country few had done more for America perhaps Ben’s greatest contributions were his ideas bedrock beliefs upon which the United States has stood for more than 200 here in fact the very notion of the United States can be partly credited to Ben Franklin then first pitch the idea in the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1754 he published this illustration the urge the colonies to unite for the common good is widely considered the first political cartoon in American history more than two decades later the rest of the country would come around to Ben’s point of view on July 4, 1776 the colonies finally decided to join more.the declaration of independence enshrined another bedrock American value the separation of church and state here to then led the way Congress creates a committee in order to write the Declaration of Independence in fact maybe the last time Congress created a really good committee as it has John Adams Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin on it once Jefferson completes a draftee presents to Adams and Franklin for review Franklin looks at that second paragraph that came in second paragraph of Jefferson’s written we hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable and you seem to have the backslashes of Franklin’s printers in which he crosses about the rights we hold these truths to be self-evident in his point is that our rights come from the consent of the governed from rationality and from reason not to the dictates of dogma of any particular religion what we have is a separation of church and state and how they have to be America had cut itself free from the dictates of both church and royalty if the individual states still jealously guarded their own power just as they had his colonies in 1781 they grudgingly agreed to a national government but it was toothless ineffective and doomed to failure the articles of Confederation did not allow for strong enough central government and can even impose taxes so after a while they needed to have a constitutional convention so they can start revising the articles and what end up doing is throwing about totally in writing a whole new Constitution May 1787 constitutional convention of the symbols in Philadelphia and 81 Benjamin Franklin is the oldest of the delegates he had served in these very halls is a Pennsylvania assemblyman when many of his colleagues had been young enough for diapers now from his perch in the midst of the debate then watched as the younger generation became hopelessly deadlocked on a vital issue each state’s representation in national Congress not surprisingly it was Ben who offered up a solution Benjamin Franklin gets up and says I’m older than the rest of the older I get the more I realize I’m fallible that makes mistakes in my time and you should realize that your fallible sip and perhaps the person next to you their opinion is just as valid as you up as he often did he couched his recommendation and homely little anecdote he said why around her carpenter to build me a table dining room table discard it will have two or three pieces of what and the pieces of wood won’t fit perfectly together with a little from one side you take a look from up the other until soon you have a joint available together for centuries and so too we here at this convention as each part with some of our demands for in the Constitution that will together for centuries and Franklin urge to compromise a legislature of two houses which we now know as the Senate and the House of Representatives one states would have equal representation the other seats would be apportioned a population it was absolutely important for the large states and the small states to feel they had a stake in this and Franklin’s recommendation for compromise is absolutely essential in getting both large states and small states I sense that this is going to promote their interest in the proposal was accepted and written into the Constitution of the United States perhaps the most successful system of government ever devised yet again Ben Franklin had played a critical role in 200 years later his remarkable achievements continue to define the American landscape and on January 17, 1790 Benjamin Franklin marked his 84th birthday he was suffering from pleurisy and kidney stones and sometimes resorted to opium to ease the pain will will him will him him in early spring and took to bed after eight decades America’s marvelous guiding spirit was faith is among those surrounding been during the final days were his daughter Sally and his grandson Temple Ben’s old friend Polly Stephenson now a middle-aged mother came from England to see him on Benjamin Franklin died on April 17, 1790’s funeral procession would be a testament to the ideals he had lived a Franklin was the exemplar of tolerance above all and it seemed that his funeral where instead of justice minister accounting the casket to the grade all 35 ministers and procedures in place of Philadelphia from the Presbyterians to the Lutherans to the Catholics of the Quakers to the Rabbi of the Jews all my charming arm with his casket as he’s being characteristically every biographer basically brings the subject into his home for a while Franklin was the most wonderful houseguest and bikers probably has posted net is but I really didn’t shed a tear when Franklin got was really sorry to seem to Benjamin Franklin however is still very much with us at the time this program was produced a Google search on Ben would rack up almost 3 1/2 million hits less than half as many as George Washington but a lot more than Abraham Lincoln and even Mick Jagger city’s schools colleges streets businesses and even to Pres. Franklin Pierce and Franklin Roosevelt have been named after them a steady stream of books and souvenirs continues the fact that long-ago rage through Paris there is even a Ben Franklin action figure Ben’s final resting places long been a pilgrimage site in the late 1800s brides about the older would stop because Penny on his grave for good luck some 70 years after Ben’s death section of the cemetery wall near his grave was replaced with wrought iron fencing ever since then has been accessible 24 seven and even today visitors leave offerings of pennies not unlike the notes and tokens left for Saints around the world is a founding father you can really relate to you People like Washington (marble and some pedestal and you’re scared to go near them are tightened but Franklin is the patron saint of the common person Jefferson Washington down his members the founding generation stand above and apart from everybody else with Frank and he’s right there on a busy street corner in Philadelphia and he seems to be one of us in a way that most of the other members the founding generation were not everyone has wanted to be like them Mark Twain himself a master apparently was one of many major shock Ben’s autobiography he was always proud of telling how he entered Philadelphia for the first time between nothing in the world but two shillings in his pocket for roles of bread a result but really when you come to examine critically it was nothing anybody could adopt as for Franklin himself he remains in the end something of a mystery what are we to make of a man who had 1000 faces man who fit in both with royalty and with traits was equally comfortable addressing parliament whispering Parisian ladies man who passed up a fortune so that 1 million strangers would be safe from lightning gets slammed the door on his only surviving son think Frank became so benevolent soul wondrously bad that he was trapped knotting a role in the proliferation of roles and demystifies everybody tries to studying this one of his biographers speculated that Franklin might be the only person in human history without an unconscious that there was no inner life is no Franklin there is no secret Franklin and I think the biographers felt his arrest he supposed out of their grasp just when they think they have said they have recourse to things like this fast curiosity but that’s just the cover for saying we don’t know what makes them tick will him

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