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    Ben Franklin Sites:


    Ben Franklin: Glimpses of the Man  An excellent site from the Franklin Institute, with explanations of Franklin's contributions as an economist, inventor, statesman, and many other areas. Kids should click on "Learn More About Ben!" and then "Frequently Asked Questions About Ben" to find out everything from where Ben went to school to why he thought the turkey should be the national symbol of the United States.

    Benjamin Franklin House  View parts of the only remaining house that Franklin lived in, located near Trafalgar Square, London, England. This site shows pictures of the house plus conservation efforts to turn it into a museum.

    Benís Guide to U. S. Government    Brief information about Benjamin Franklinís life as a printer, librarian, inventor, and statesman, plus a timeline of his life.  

    The Electric Franklin   The Independence Hall Association has created a site filled with games, biographical stories, pictures, videos, and quotes for all ages. Read more about Franklinís electrical experiments and some of the words he created to describe electricity.


    Americaís Founding Fathers: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention  This biography from the National Archives gives a fairly detailed history of Benjamin Franklin, highlighting most of his political life.

    Benjamin Franklin: An Extraordinary Life, An Electric Mind    Companion site to the PBS series; explore the timeline, check out the "Ben A to Z" to find some of his many descriptions, read about his theories related to health, or find out some of the many ways he has influenced how we do things today.

    Benjamin Franklin Invents the Glass Armonica   One of Franklinís loves was music, and this page explains how he combined music and invention to create a new musical instrument.

    Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary  Highlights events in the Philadelphia area relating to Benjamin Franklinís birthday; also has lesson plans for teachers to use in connection with the exhibit.

    Ben Franklin Web Portal  This portal limits searches to web pages specifically about Benjamin Franklin, providing access to Franklinís writings and quotes, sites that explore his research, and a collection of resources for teachers.

    Invention Dimension    Benjamin Franklin was not only a Founding Father, he is also considered one of the first American inventors. This page from MIT focuses on the "Franklin stove."

    Writings of Benjamin Franklin   This is a collection of links to things written by Benjamin Franklin, from a variety of websites and on a variety of topics. Included here are links to versions of Poor Richardís Almanack, from 1733 to 1759; letters and scientific observations, and his last will and testament.


    Benjamin Franklin Collection at    This page provides links to the Columbia Encyclopedia entry for Benjamin Franklin, as well as links to fulltext versions of some of his writings. For an extensive biography and discussion of his life, go down the page and click on "Franklin" under "Writings About Franklin" for the chapter from the Cambridge History of American Literature.

    Declaring Independence: Drafting the Documents   View pages of Thomas Jeffersonís "original Rough draft" of the Declaration of Independence, complete with editorial changes made by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams.

    Letters of Delegates to Congress   What was Benjamin Franklin doing during the years 1774-1789? This Library of Congress site can partially answer the question. Click on "Browse," pick a range of time, and scroll through the page to read some of Benjamin Franklinís letters.

    Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics   Check out 2 writings of Benjamin Franklinís from 1754 that later influenced the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of the United States: "Albany Plan of Union" and "In Defense of a Plan for Colonial Union".