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Profession(s)Author | Civic Activist | Diplomat | Founding Father of United States | Freemason | Humorist | Inventor | Political Theorist | Politician | Polymath | Postmaster | Printer | Scientist | Statesman | 

Born: January 17, 1706, Died: April 17, 1790

Benjamin Franklin was a renowned polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions.[2] He founded many civic organizations, including Philadelphia’s fire department and the University of Pennsylvania. (Source + full bio: