America has been impacted by so many unique individuals with contributions that are just as unique. Hancock International College and our ESL students owe our time here in America to the founding fathers and I found it interesting that the day after Martin Luther King Day was actually Benjamin Franklin Day! Here’s what research I found on gone-ta-pott.com as well as timeanddate.com.
Timeanddate.com says, “Born on this day in 1706 to a soap and candle maker in England, Benjamin Franklin grew up to become one of the most well-known and celebrated Americans in history. Ben Franklin was a polymath – someone who is an expert on a variety of different subjects… Franklin was a prolific inventor, author, printer, politician, diplomat, musician, and postmaster. The fact that he stopped attending school at the age of 10 makes him one of the most impressive people in American and world history.”
Benjamin Franklin died in 1790 and lived as, “…a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman and diplomat (he was also a musician and postmaster). As a scientist he was a major figure in the Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and a musical instrument. He formed both the first public lending library in America and first fire department in Pennsylvania. He was an early proponent of colonial unity and as a political writer and activist he, more than anyone, invented the idea of an American nation and as a diplomat during the American Revolution, he secured the French alliance that helped to make independence possible.
Franklin is credited as being foundational to the roots of American values and character, a marriage of the practical and democratic Puritan values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment. In the words of Henry Steele Commager, ‘In Franklin could be merged the virtues of Puritanism without its defects, the illumination of the Enlightenment without its heat.’ To Walter Isaacson, this makes Franklin, ‘the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become.’” (gone-ta-pott.com)
Idiom of the Day
Benjamin or Benji
Meaning: A US one hundred dollar bill. (Bearing a picture of Benjanin Franklin.)
Example: You owe me two Benjamins! That’s two hundred dollars man… who has that kind of money?
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