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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In the 1700s, Benjamin Franklin used the pseudonym Silence Dogood to get his opinion published after being denied several times with his real name,” said Santana.
Thackeray liked to write satire under the names of George Savage Fitz-Boodle and CJ Yellowplush, Esq Dickens started out as Boz and Benjamin Franklin sometimes pretended to be Silence Dogood, a widowed woman.
Cavitch suggests that elegy "remains quarantined within the space of disparagement carved out by two trenchant and memorable satires: At one end, Benjamin Franklin's seventh Silence Dogood letter (1722)," which suggested that elegies were provincial and hypocritical, to "the other end, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)" with its famous "Ode to Stephen Dowling Bots, Dec'd" (3-4), and its sentimentalism.