Benjamin Franklin

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Noun1.Benjamin Franklin - printer whose success as an author led him to take up politicsBenjamin Franklin - printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics; he helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; he played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; as a scientist he is remembered particularly for his research in electricity (1706-1790)
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It was as lively as Franklin could make it, and he contributed his Dialogue Between Philocles and Horatio Concerning Virtue and Pleasure; the letters of Anthony Afterwit and Alice Addertongue; The Meditation on a Quart Mug; A Witch Trial at Mount Holly; and An Apology for Printers, the last being a statement (June 10, 1731) on freedom of the press.