Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

About Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – 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.

The Project of Moral Perfection

By |2019-01-10T13:57:54-05:00January 17th, 2016|Categories: Benjamin Franklin, Morality, Virtue|

Editor’s Note: In honor of Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, we remember that the American Founders considered the cultivation of virtue essential to the survival of the republic. The following is excerpted from Franklin’s Autobiography, which he worked on between 1771 and 1790, but which was not published in English in its complete form until 1868. [...]

A Better Constitution

By |2019-04-11T11:27:55-05:00September 17th, 2015|Categories: American Founding, Benjamin Franklin, Constitutional Convention|

Mr. President I confess that there are several parts of this constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them: For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, [...]