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Benjamin Franklin

explores Franklin's life as a writer, inventor, diplomat, businessman, musician, scientist, humorist, civic leader, international celebrity, abolitionist, and genius. It includes information on his experiments, role as a founding father, his diplomatic work, and his community work. Lesson plans, a timeline, interactive science experiments, a kite building exercise, and other resources are also available. (Twin Cities Public Television, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Interesting Fact:

Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706, the fifteenth child of his father Josiah and eighth child of his mother Abiah. Josiah Franklin earned his living as a candle and soap maker.
Drawing of 'Franklin the Editor'

A man of letters

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