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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin by Jospeh Siffred Duplessis in 1785 in National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

Primary Sources

Franklin, Benjamin, and Benjamin Franklin. The Autobiography and Other Writings. New York: Everyman’s Library, Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.

Secondary Sources

Epstein, Daniel Mark. The Loyal Son: The War in Ben Franklin’s House. First edition. New York: Ballantine Books, 2017.

Isaacson, Walter. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.

Morgan, Edmund S. Benjamin Franklin. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.

Wood, Gordon S. The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin. New York: Penguin Press, 2004.


Procknow, Eugene. “Benjamin Franklin’s Failed Diplomatic Mission.” In Journal of the American Revolution – Annual Volume 2016, edited by Todd Andrlik. Yardley, PA: Westholme Publishing, 2016.

Web Sites

Ben Franklin’s World – A podcast about Early America by Liz Covart.  Episodes range beyond Ben Franklin but is a good starting place for those interested in Franklin’s life and contributions.


Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin West (1738 -1820) painted by Benjamin West posthumulously circa 1816 displayed Philadelphia Art Museum
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin Statue on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the US Capitol Building, Washington DC. in front of the Old Post Office Building, now housing the Trump Hotel.

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