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Definition: Statesman, publisher, inventor, and patriot known for writing Poor Richard's Almanac, keeping France on the side of America during the Revolutionary War, and inventing all kinds of useful things, including bifocal glasses and the lightning rod. He was the American representative to England for a few years. He was also minister to France for many years and became a national hero there. His last great deed was serving as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.

Related Resources:
Benjamin Franklin: Early America's Renaissance Man
This illustrated, easy-to-read article tells the story of the life and times of the famous inventor and leader.

Benjamin Franklin's Inventions
He invented many incredibly useful things. Learn more about them here.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Benjamin Franklin: A Man of Many Talents
Students just like you put together this excellent look at the great American. Site includes timelines, experiments, a quiz, and more fun!

Franklin's Work with Electricity
One of his most famous studies was electricity. This site covers that story and more.

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