Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 - April 17, 1790) was an American scientist, inventor, author, diplomat, philosopher, statesman, and philanderer. He served on the First and Second Continental Congresses and, with John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, co-authored the Declaration of Independence. During the American Revolution, he negotiated an alliance with France that won the US recognition and military aid from that country. He also participated in the Constitutional Convention in which the United States Constitution was written.
In his own lifetime, Franklin was legendary for his sharp wit, his political acumen, his great intelligence, and his skill with the ladies.
Franklin's portrait appears on the US hundred-dollar bill, colloquially known as a Benjamin.
Benjamin Franklin in Crosstime TrafficEdit
In the late 21st century in the home timeline, a portrait Benjamin Franklin appeared on both the American $100 coin and the $100 bill. On the coin, the word LIBERTY was written above his head, the words "IN GOD WE TRUST" to one side of him, and the date and mint initial to the other side. The reverse showed a Bald Eagle, the words "United States of America", and in smaller characters "E Pluribus Unum", "One Hundred Dollars" and the date.
Benjamin Franklin in The Disunited States of AmericaEdit
Beckie Royer remembered Franklin's exhortation to the colonies that they must "hang together" or they would "hang separately" in the lead up to the Revolution. She wondered if perhaps that lesson should have been remembered beyond independence.
Benjamin Franklin in Southern VictoryEdit
A Pennsylvania man, Benjamin Franklin remained a favorite Founding Father in the United States after the War of Secession along with John Adams and Alexander Hamilton. A profile view of Franklin's face was printed on stamps issued in occupied Canada during and after the Great War. Arthur McGregor, as a patriotic Canadian, disliked these US stamps.
Flora Hamburger once quoted Franklin's warning "Those who would trade essential liberty for a little temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security" in a floor debate in the House of Representatives--which, incidentally, met in Franklin's own Liberty Hall in Philadelphia.
Benjamin Franklin in The Two GeorgesEdit
Benjamin Franklin was part of the delegation that averted the feared revolution of North America against the British Empire. He was one of those depicted in the background of the painting The Two Georges. Thomas Gainsborough succeeded in subtlety capturing Franklin's character by depicting him with one eye on the ceremony and another on a serving girl.
- References to Historical Figures in Turtledove's Work#Benjamin Franklin for other, minor references.
- Benjamin Franklin at the For Want of a Nail Wiki.
- Custis Cawthorne, a character in The United States of Atlantis who is heavily based upon Benjamin Franklin.
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