Secretary Kerry toasts French President Hollande during U.S. visit

Secretary Kerry toasts French President Hollande during U.S. visit

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry hosted French President Francois Hollande for lunch at the State Department Tuesday during Hollande's visit to Washington, D.C.
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Force feed fed constitutional compliance

HERNDON, Va., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- After the American Revolutionary War, the new country's leaders labored to create a government structure optimizing citizens' self-governance.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Ben Franklins to debut Tuesday

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- New bells, but no whistles, will appear on a snazzy $100 bill set for release on Tuesday after a two-year delay, U.S. officials said.

Fire hall in historic Philadelphia burns

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A fire station in Philadelphia's historic district burned after an ambulance inside caught fire while firefighters were out on a call.
Surveillance in Boston bombing raises issues

Surveillance in Boston bombing raises issues

The public release of photos and videos in the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was made possible in large part because we now live in a society where we are never long out of the field of view of a camera mounted somewhere or carried by someone.
JIM ALGAR, United Press International

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Police: Woman steals two cruisers

PHILADELPHIA, March 5 (UPI) -- Authorities said a woman who stole a police cruiser Tuesday in New Jersey crashed in Philadelphia and stole another police cruiser.
Ben Franklin not to blame for invasion

Ben Franklin not to blame for invasion

HOUSTON, July 28 (UPI) -- Scientists studying the DNA of a tree overrunning thousands of acres of coastal U.S. prairie have cleared Ben Franklin of any responsibility for the invasion.

Giver drops fake $100 on Salvation Army

GREENVILLE, S.C., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Salvation Army members in South Carolina were happy when someone dropped a $100 bill in their kettle until they realized it was counterfeit.
'John Adams' cleans up at Emmys

'John Adams' cleans up at Emmys

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- "John Adams," a seven-part HBO series about the second U.S. president, won the Emmy for outstanding miniseries in Los Angeles Sunday night.

Wal-Mart founder's widow Helen Walton dies

BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 20 (UPI) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. matriarch Helen Robson Walton, widow of company founder Sam Walton, has died at age 87 in her Bentonville, Ark., home.

Anti-online annoyance law may have no legs

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- At first it seemed like an Internet hoax. "There is a new law against annoying someone on the Internet, but it can be repealed if you forward this to 25 people.

Karen Hughes sworn in at State Department

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Karen Hughes was sworn in as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy Friday in Washington with President George W. Bush attending.

Top collection of Americana on market

BRYN MAWR, Pa., June 20 (UPI) -- Ex-Philadelphia Flyers President Jay Snider is selling his collection of rare books and maps because he wants to start a new one focused on Ben Franklin.

Ind. police looking into alleged hit list

VALPARAISO, Ind., May 19 (UPI) -- Indiana authorities are investigating an alleged hit list found in the notebook of a student, the second similar incident in Porter County in two months.
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Ben Franklin
Singer Bruce Springsteen smiles as he works his guitar while performing in downtown Philadelphia October 4, 2008. Some 50,000 gathered on Ben Franklin Blvd. for the Obama campaign sponsored "Get Out The Vote" rally and concert. (UPI Photo/John Anderson)

Portrait by Joseph Siffred Duplessis.

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706  – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. 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 the glass 'armonica'. 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 supported the idea of an American nation. As a diplomat during the American Revolution he secured the French alliance that helped to make independence of the United States 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."

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