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Benjamin Franklin

Edwin S. Gaustad


The tenth and youngest son of a poor Boston soapmaker, Benjamin Franklin would rise to become, in Thomas Jefferson's words, “the greatest man and ornament of his age”. This book offers a portrait of this towering colonial figure, illuminating Franklin's character and personality. Here is truly one of the most extraordinary lives imaginable, a man who, with only two years of formal education, became a printer, publisher, postmaster, philosopher, world-class scientist and inventor, statesman, musician, and abolitionist. The book presents a chronological account of all these accomplishments, deli ... More

Keywords: Benjamin Franklin, Franklin stove, Poor Richard's Almanack, electricity, Revolutionary War, France, England, printer, inventor, scientist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195305357
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305357.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edwin S. Gaustad, author
University of California, Riverside (Emeritus)