Benjamin Franklin

This category is for questions about the multi-talented Benjamin Franklin, who managed to be a scientist, politician, and just about everything in-between.

Asked in Ancient History, Ancient Greece, Benjamin Franklin, Minoan Civilization

What made the Minoans wealthy?

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The things that made them wealthy were: 1. Trade... They built ships from oak and cedar trees and sailed as far as Egypt and Syria. They traded pottery and stone vases for ivory and melts.. Welcome!
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Where when and by whom was unbreakable glass invented?

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There is no such thing as 'unbreakable' glass, however, bulletproof glass is actually just normal glass, but, it has a thin plastic sheet, because, glass on its own is strong enough to stop glass, it'll just shatter, The plastic sheet stops it from shattering.
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When how and where did Benjamin Franklin die?

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He died in Philadelphia on April 17, 1790. He was 84 years of old. It is believed he had some sort of condition in his lungs, but regardless, he died from natural biological causes. "...when the pain and difficulty of breathing entirely left him, and his family were flattering themselves with the hopes of his recovery, when an imposthume, which had formed itself in his lungs, suddenly burst, and discharged a quantity of matter, which he continued to throw up while he had power; but, as that failed, the organs of respiration became gradually oppressed; a calm, lethargic state succeeded; and on the 17th instant (April, 1790), about eleven o'clock at night, he quietly expired, closing a long and useful life of eighty-four years and three months." he died April 17 1790
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What kind of work experience does Benjamin Franklin have?

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Ben Franklin has experiences with fire departments (, since he invented the 13 colonies' first one), lightning and electricity, and he has experience with newspapers (, since he helped write the 13 colonies' second one). AND helping sign one of America's most important documents: Declaration of Independence.
Asked in American Revolution, US Constitution, Benjamin Franklin

What did Benjamin Franklin think of the constitution?

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he thought that the consituion was the first and only way to invent it and that's why he thought it wasent fare becausehe fot strucked by lighting Ben Franklin was a member of the Constitutional Convention. There he helped draft the constitution and was a zelous advocate of its acceptance. He signed the Constitution in 1787.
Asked in Benjamin Franklin, Reference Books

What sorts of information did poor richard's almanac contain?

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It was a book of advice, farming information, recipes, and home cures. In the spaces in the almanac were proverbs written by Benjamin Franklin such as "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" or "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise"
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What is Benjamin Franklin's formula for success?

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Franklin had a simple formula for success. He believed that successful people worked just a little harder than other people.
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What was Ben Franklin's religion?

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Franklin was raised Calvinist, but briefly visited and contributed to a Presbytarian Church (a friend of his was the minister, and he endorsed the "civilizing" impact of religion). In his early 20s, Franklin briefly adopted a stark version of Deism, in no part due to his reading of popular magazines of the day. Later, and for the rest of his life, he frequently celebrated the "Providence" of a Creator God, and worked from a liturgy and belief statement he wrote for himself. The best description of Franklin's beliefs may be that he was a "theological perspectivist," i.e. he believed that those religions which best served to comfort, encourage, and enlighten humanity were those which came the closest to ideal, but that, because of the infinite mystery of the Divine, none was literally true. See Kerry Walter's "Benjamin Franklin and his Gods" for more info.
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What school did Ben Franklin go to?

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He went to Boston Latin School before he, for financial reasons, transferred to Mr. George Brownell's School for Writing and Arithmetic. His father pulled him out to work in the family business making candles because the large Franklin family needed the money. He educated himself during his spare time. He later received honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, University of St. Andrews (Scotland; Doctor of Laws), and Oxford (for science). It was only after that that he allowed himself to be called 'Dr. Franklin'.
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Why couldn't Benjamin Franklin go to college?

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Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He was the tenth son of a poor soap maker, Josiah Franklin. Benjamin's mother was Abiah Folger, the second wife of Josiah. In all, Josiah would father 17 children. Josiah could only afford to send his son to school for one year and clergymen needed years of schooling. As young Benjamin loved to read he had him apprenticed to his brother James, who was a printer. Ben decided to run away in 1723. Ben could not go to college because he was on his own.
Asked in History of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, Scientists

What were Benjamin Franklin's contribution to the study of electricity?

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Benjamin Franklin did not discover electricity when his kite was struck by lightning in 1752. In fact, electricity was already well known at the time. Instead, Franklin was trying to prove the electrical nature of lightning. He discovered lightning was electricity and that electricity was found naturally in nature. For more information visit http://learn.fi.edu/franklin/scientst/electric.html
Asked in Shotguns, Benjamin Franklin, Air Guns and Air Rifles

What is a marble game-getter gun in good condition worth?

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Of course it depends upon series and condition but in very nice condition about $1,500 give or take. If you have pictures, it would help. Joe V. joyfulmamag@yahoo.com
Asked in Founding Fathers, American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin

What was Benjamin Franklin's middle name?

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"Benjamin Franklin had a middle name but everyone that knew it died." No. Benjamin Franklin had no middle name, as middle names were uncommon during the 1700s.
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What are all of Benjamin Franklin's invention's?

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Inventions Bifocals Catheter Franklin Stove Glass Armonica Lightning Rod Odometer Ideas and Discoveries Daylight Savings Time: While in Paris, Franklin was the first to propose the idea of Daylight Savings Time. By increasing the available amount of daylight during the summer and decreasing it during the winter season, Franklin hoped to provide the world with a greater opportunity of doing productive work during the summer months, as opposed to the cold and dreary days of winter. Electricity Fire Department: In 1736, Benjamin Franklin started the first fire department ever. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it was called the Union Fire Company Fire Insurance Company: In 1752, Franklin was responsible for setting up America's first fire insurance company. Gulf Stream: Franklin was one of the first people to chart the Gulf Stream. Since he spent so much time sailing back and forth from America to Europe as a diplomat, he was able to measure different temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean and chart the Stream in detail. Political Cartoon: Benjamin Franklin is credited with creating the first political cartoon. By combining both his wit and political convictions, he portrayed his own reflections on issues affecting society. Since then, the political cartoon has become a staple of modern culture and thought. The following picture, titled "Join or Die", is the first political cartoon ever. Appearing in Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette, it concerns the Albany Plan of Union and the author's stance on the matter. Vitamin C: Before this nutrient had even been discovered, Franklin encouraged the eating of citrus fruits, including oranges, limes, and grapefruits. Recognizing the healthy advantages of fruit, wise Benjamin coined the phrase "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." He touted the advantages of fruit in helping to maintain the gums and skin. Only in 1795, years after Franklin's recommendations, did the British navy mandate a lime in the daily diet of British seamen. Interestingly, at that point, "limey" became a popular term for an Englishman. The decision to use the lime was instrumental in reducing instances of scurvy among naval crews and illustrates Franklin's foresight. all of his things that he invented are basically all around you there are to many for the world to know mabey the worlds smartest person can tell you all of Benjamin Franklin's inventions believe me i am a straight A+ student yo no se There's the Bifocals, Glass Armonica, Odometer, and the Lighting rod Among other things: bifocals, the lightening rod, the Franklin stove, and the odometer. Even though he had more, he was very famous. he was a great man. HE INVENTED THE HOSPITAL, LIBRARY, PRINTING PRESS, PRINTED OUR TENDER, POST OFFICE. he has made many things lik the clock and electricty
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Where is Atlanta stove works?

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The manufacturer is no longer in business. They have been purchased by a company called Martin Industries in Florence, ALabama so you could start there.
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Who were all the siblings of Benjamin Franklin?

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Ben Franklin had 12 siblings, not including him. His five older brothers: Samuel, Josiah Jr., John, Peter, and James. His two younger sisters, Lydia and Jane. And his five older sisters: Elizabeth, Hannah, Anne, Mary, and Sarah. Ben Franklin had 12 brothers and sisters. He also had 3 brother in-laws at 8 years old! Below are his brothers and sisters altogether. Elizabeth Samuel Hannah Josiah Jr. Anne1 Joseph John Peter Mary James Sarah2 Ebenezer3 Thomas Lydia Jane 1,2,3 means in-laws Yes.
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What was Benjamin Franklin's secret name?

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Silence Dogood, Caelia Shortface & Martha Careful, Busy Body, Anthony Afterwit, Alice Addertongue, Robert Saunders, Polly Baker, and Benevolus were all pseudonyms used by Franklin in his writings for various papers as well as his almanack.
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Is a 1952 Benjamin Franklin half dollar rare?

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Not especially, but rarer than some other dates in the series. The 2007 Red Book value for a 1952 (minted in Philadelphia) Franklin Half Dollar in MS-60 (low Uncirculated) condition would be about $12, with 1952-D (minted in Denver) at $9 and 1952-S (minted in San Francisco) at $40.
Asked in History of Science, Electricity and Magnetism, Benjamin Franklin

Who discovered electricity?

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That certain objects such as rods of amber could be rubbed with animal fur and attract light objects was known to ancient cultures around the Mediterranean. Thales of Miletos made a series of observations on static electricity around 600 BC By the 1600's, many electricity-related discoveries had been made, such as the invention of an early electrostatic generator, the difference between positive and negative currents, and the classification of materials as conductors or insulators. During the year 1600 an English physician William Gilbert coined the term "electric", from the Greek word elektron (meaning amber: the semiprecious stone made from fossilized pine tree sap), to identify the force that certain substances exert when rubbed against each other. Benjamin Franklin is said to be the father of electricity, current findings seem to show otherwise. In 1752, Franklin is said to have performed the famous experiment of flying a kite during a thunderstorm, to which led to the discovery that lightning and electricity were somehow related. Modern scientists know this to be something of a tall tale, since being hit by lightning would have been fatal. It's likely that Franklin was actually insulated, away from the path of lightning. The kite experiment helped Franklin establish a relationship between lightning and electricity, which led to the invention of the lightning rod. Benjamin Franklin went on to investigate other phenomena related to electricity, but many believe that he didn't actually discover its true nature. In 1800, Italian-born physicist Alessandro Volta constructed the voltaic pile, later known as the electric battery, the first device to produce a steady electric current. It was Volta, not Franklin, who discovered that certain chemical reactions could produce electricity. Volta also created the first transmission of electricity by linking positively-charged and negatively-charged connectors and driving an electrical charge, or current, through them. It wasn't until 1831 that electricity became viable for use in technology. English scientist Michael Faraday created the electric dynamo, a crude precursor of modern power generators. This invention opened the door to the new era of electricity. A few decades later, in 1879, Thomas Alva Edison invented the practical incandescent light bulb. The actual power systems we use today were developed by Nikola Tesla. His first power plant is still able to be viewed on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Prior to Edison's invention of the practical incandescent light, Tesla developed and was using florescent lights in his shop.
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What did Benjamin Franklin say about education?

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Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
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What was Ben Franklin's opinion on slavery?

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It changed over time. When he was a young man he actually sold slaves in his store. Later he came to oppose and founded the first anti-slavery society in America.