Benjamin Franklin

1706 - 1790

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Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was a British American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading writer, printer, political philosopher, 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Benjamin Franklin has received more than 18,281,833 page views. His biography is available in 121 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 119 in 2019). Benjamin Franklin is the 63rd most popular politician (up from 72nd in 2019), the 20th most popular biography from United States (up from 24th in 2019) and the 9th 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 63 out of 15,710. Before him are Franz Joseph I of Austria, Mary, Queen of Scots, Nicholas II of Russia, Diocletian, Pontius Pilate, and Hurrem Sultan. After him are Kim Il-sung, Nebuchadnezzar II, Lorenzo de' Medici, Francisco Franco, Ronald Reagan, and Ivan the Terrible.

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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 Baskerville, John Dollond, Princess Marie Auguste of Thurn and Taxis, and Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough. 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, Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, András Hadik, William Cullen, Mohammed ben Abdallah, and Maria Teresa Cybo-Malaspina, Duchess of Massa.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Benjamin Franklin ranks 20 out of 15,968. Before him are Martin Van Buren (1782), John F. Kennedy (1917), Hillary Clinton (1947), Neil Armstrong (1930), Steven Spielberg (1946), and Ernest Hemingway (1899). After him are Mark Twain (1835), Pocahontas (1595), Ronald Reagan (1911), Bruce Lee (1940), Martin Scorsese (1942), and Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, Benjamin Franklin ranks 9Before him are Jimmy Carter (1924), Ulysses S. Grant (1822), Abraham Lincoln (1809), Martin Van Buren (1782), John F. Kennedy (1917), and Hillary Clinton (1947). After him are Ronald Reagan (1911), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882), James K. Polk (1795), George Washington (1732), Richard Nixon (1913), and George W. Bush (1946).