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Literary Classics of the United States, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 1605 pages
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User Review  - AnneDenney - LibraryThing

What can be more interesting in terms of history as well as autobiography than reading letters and essays, notes and musings of great men, preserved to teach generations to come. This series is very well edited and beautifully bound, and we are looking forward to using these in homeschooling too. Read full review

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User Review  - keylawk - LibraryThing

Born in America, lived 1706-1790. This work has great historical value for the record is accurate and specific. Franklin injected himself into significant events, developed and employed methods and ... Read full review

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Silence Dogood 1722
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Silence Dogood writings from The New England
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PHILADELPHIA 17261757
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About the author (1987)

One of 17 children, Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He ended his formal education at the age of 10 and began working as an apprentice at a newspaper. Running away to Philadelphia at 17, he worked for a printer, later opening his own print shop. Franklin was a man of many talents and interests. As a writer, he published a colonial newspaper and the well-known Poor Richard's Almanack, which contains his famous maxims. He authored many political and economic works, such as The Way To Wealth and Journal of the Negotiations for Peace. He is responsible for many inventions, including the Franklin stove and bifocal eyeglasses. He conducted scientific experiments, proving in one of his most famous ones that lightning and electricity were the same. As a politically active citizen, he helped draft the Declaration of Independence and lobbied for the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. He also served as ambassador to France. He died in April of 1790 at the age of 84.

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