Facts & Observations by Jonathan Sprout
Few people have done as much for the world as Benjamin Franklin. Although he was always proud to call himself a printer, Franklin was also a diplomat, a scientist, an inventor, a philosopher, an educator, an author, and a public servant.
In Europe, Benjamin Franklin was the most famous American of his time. It was he who persuaded the English to repeal the hated Stamp Act. It was also he who convinced the French to aid in the American Revolution. Franklin helped draft both the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution.
“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Never has there been a good war or a bad peace.” -- Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin was brilliant and appreciative of high values. In 1790, he submitted a petition to Congress speaking out against slavery. This was 30 years before the birth of Harriet Tubman!
I have visited Franklin Court, Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia, PA where Franklin’s house once stood. I especially recommend a visit to underground museum. Located beneath Franklin Court, the Underground Museum features a variety of items pertaining to Benjamin Franklin. Among these are some of his inventions, as well as paintings and other objects associated with him. In the main room, there is a phone bank with recordings based on the words of such people as D.H. Lawrence and Mozart. A short, 18 minute film is also shown here.