Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, 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. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia's fire department and a university.
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?To the discontented man no chair is easy?
?The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom too fine spun?
?Some are weather-wise, some are otherwise.?
?Always taking out of the meal - tub, and never putting in, soon comes to the bottom?
?The good Paymaster is Lord of another man's Purse?