Benjamin Franklin

1706 - 1790

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Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was an American polymath: a leading writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher, and political philosopher. Among the most influential intellectuals of his time, Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States; a drafter and signer of the Declaration of Independence; and the first postmaster general. Franklin became a successful newspaper editor and printer in Philadelphia, the leading city in the colonies, publishing the Pennsylvania Gazette at age 23. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Benjamin Franklin has received more than 29,348,526 page views. His biography is available in 131 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 125 in 2019). Benjamin Franklin is the 72nd most popular politician (down from 59th in 2019), the 30th most popular biography from United States (down from 17th in 2019) and the 16th most popular American Politician.

Benjamin Franklin is most famous for his contributions to the founding of the United States. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and he invented bifocals, the lightning rod, and the Franklin stove.

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Among politicians, Benjamin Franklin ranks 72 out of 19,576Before him are Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Leon Trotsky, Fidel Castro, Nikita Khrushchev, and Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor. After him are Narendra Modi, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Nicholas II of Russia, Mehmed the Conqueror, Napoleon II, and Ahmed I.

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Among people born in 1706, Benjamin Franklin ranks 1After him are Émilie du Châtelet, Baldassare Galuppi, Giovanni Battista Martini, Polyxena of Hesse-Rotenburg, John Dollond, Princess Marie Auguste of Thurn and Taxis, John Baskerville, Princess Charlotte Amalie of Denmark, Augustus George, Margrave of Baden-Baden, Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough, and Giuseppe Asclepi. Among people deceased in 1790, Benjamin Franklin ranks 2Before him is Adam Smith. After him are Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor, Duchess Elisabeth of Württemberg, Ernst Gideon von Laudon, Nikolaus I, Prince Esterházy, Johann Bernhard Basedow, András Hadik, Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, Mohammed ben Abdallah, Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasha, and Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Benjamin Franklin ranks 30 out of 20,380Before him are Grace Kelly (1929), Franklin Pierce (1804), Elvis Presley (1935), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882), John F. Kennedy (1917), and Neil Armstrong (1930). After him are Eleanor Roosevelt (1884), Ronald Reagan (1911), Pocahontas (1595), George Washington (1732), Ernest Hemingway (1899), and Walt Disney (1901).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, Benjamin Franklin ranks 16Before him are Ulysses S. Grant (1822), James K. Polk (1795), Joe Biden (1942), Franklin Pierce (1804), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882), and John F. Kennedy (1917). After him are Ronald Reagan (1911), George Washington (1732), Harry S. Truman (1884), Bernie Sanders (1941), Al Gore (1948), and Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890).