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Benjamin Franklin

(1706—1790) natural philosopher, writer, and revolutionary politician in America


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(1706–90)

Although Franklin's distinction rests on his work as a scientist and statesman, his homely moral and political philosophy, particularly as expounded in Poor Richard's Almanack (1733–58), has been extremely influential as an expression of a folksy, democratic virtue ethic.

Subjects: literature.


Works by Benjamin Franklin