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Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin.

A re-post for Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, born in Massachusetts on this day in 1706. This makes me so sad to post. On this week of all weeks. If you’ve read me long enough, then you know my feelings for our … Continue reading

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Today In History: October 19, 1781: The Surrender at Yorktown

The surrender at Yorktown, which ended the American Revolutionary War. The day before: General Lord Charles Cornwallis to General George Washington, October 18, 1781 I agree to open a treaty of capitulation upon the basis of the garrisons of York … Continue reading

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On This Day: January 17, 1706

Ben Franklin was born on this day in 1706. I have only a few years to live and I am resolved to devote them to the work that my fellow citizens deem proper for me; or speaking as old-clothes dealers … Continue reading

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On This Day: December 19, 1732: Happy Birthday, Poor Richard’s Almanack

On this day in history, December 19, 1732, Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac was born. Franklin included all the information that almanacs normally provide (sun rise, sun set, eclipses, weather predictions), but he did so in a tone and a … Continue reading

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Today in History: November 14, 1732

On this day in history, the Library Company of Philadelphia (founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731 – and still open today) hired its first librarian, and opened for “business”. Here is a painting of Benjamin Franklin opening the first subscription … Continue reading

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Happy birthday to Ben Franklin

I have only a few years to live and I am resolved to devote them to the work that my fellow citizens deem proper for me; or speaking as old-clothes dealers do of a remnant of goods, ‘You shall have … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Poor Richard

On this day in history, December 19, 1732, Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack was born – and the first issue published. Franklin included all the information that almanacs normally provide – sun rise, sun set, eclipses, weather predictions, yadda yadda. … Continue reading

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Today in History: October 26, 1776

On October 26, 1776, Benjamin Franklin set off on a diplomatic mission across the Atlantic – to get the French governments financial backing for the Revolution. As is well-known, he was a huge HIT with the French (that’s him in … Continue reading

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It’s Ben Franklin’s Birthday!

I have only a few years to live and I am resolved to devote them to the work that my fellow citizens deem proper for me; or speaking as old-clothes dealers do of a remnant of goods, ‘You shall have … Continue reading

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The Books: “The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin” (H.W. Brands)

Next Daily Excerpt: Next book in my American history section is The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by H.W. Brands. As you can probably tell I have arranged my American History biographies (we’re in that section … Continue reading

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