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.
At 16, Franklin began contributing to his brother's weekly newspaper under the pen name "Silence Dogood." The humor and insight of Dogood's essays made readers, including Franklin's own brother, believe they were written by an accomplished and older man.
In America, Benjamin Franklin was creating "Silence Dogood" letters in his brother's New England Currant, the New York Sun produced a six-part series concerning the discovery of men on the moon; and Edgar Allan Poe reported on men crossing the Atlantic in three days.