Ben Franklin: The Original American

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Benjamin Franklin may just have been the most *American* American ever. Here’s what we mean: Chances are that almost every trait you think of as part of our national character … is something you can find in the life of Ben Franklin.

Also, it’s not actually true that Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity. He just proved that lightning was a form of electricity. It’s not true that Franklin came up with the idea of Daylight Savings either. Or that he wanted the turkey to be the national bird.

Ben Franklin: The Original American