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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 who was active as a writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher, forger and political philosopher. Among the leading intellectuals of his time, Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, a drafter and signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, and the first United States Postmaster General. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his studies of electricity, and for charting and naming the Gulf Stream current. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Benjamin Franklin has received more than 24,492,114 page views. His biography is available in 125 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 121 in 2019). Benjamin Franklin is the 60th most popular politician (up from 63rd in 2019), the 17th most popular biography from United States (up from 20th in 2019) and the 7th 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 60 out of 15,577Before him are Nikita Khrushchev, Marcus Aurelius, Fidel Castro, Ahmed I, Martin Van Buren, and Josip Broz Tito. After him are Mehmed the Conqueror, Nicholas II of Russia, Henry Kissinger, John F. Kennedy, Margaret Thatcher, and Caligula.

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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, Princess Marie Auguste of Thurn and Taxis, John Dollond, John Baskerville, Augustus George, Margrave of Baden-Baden, Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough, Princess Charlotte Amalie of Denmark, and John Belchier. 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, Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, Johann Bernhard Basedow, András Hadik, Mohammed ben Abdallah, Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasha, and Jacob Christian Schäffer.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Benjamin Franklin ranks 17 out of 18,182Before him are Grace Kelly (1929), Ulysses S. Grant (1822), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882), Malcolm X (1925), Steven Spielberg (1946), and Martin Van Buren (1782). After him are John F. Kennedy (1917), Elvis Presley (1935), Bruce Lee (1940), James K. Polk (1795), Hillary Clinton (1947), and Ronald Reagan (1911).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, Benjamin Franklin ranks 7Before him are Thomas Jefferson (1743), Jimmy Carter (1924), Abraham Lincoln (1809), Ulysses S. Grant (1822), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882), and Martin Van Buren (1782). After him are John F. Kennedy (1917), James K. Polk (1795), Hillary Clinton (1947), Ronald Reagan (1911), Joe Biden (1942), and George Washington (1732).