Franklin, B (1706.1.17-1790.4.17)
Birthplace Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Posts Held Printer and journalist, 1718-36; Official, Colony and State of Penn.; Missions to England, 1757, 1764-75; Diplomat in France, 1776-85.
Offices and Honours Three times Pres. of Penn.; Framer US Declaration of Independence, 1776; Delegate, US Constitutional Convention, 1787.
Publications Books: 1. Modest Inquiry into the Nature and Necessity of Paper Currency (1729); 2. Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind (1751); 3. Positions to be Examined Concerning National Wealth (1769); 4. Reflections on the Augmentation of Wages (1771).
Career This great statesman and scientist not only contributed popular treatments of economic topics to periodicals, such as his own Poor Richard's Almanack , but also wrote able economic tracts. The position he adopted was broadly that of laissez faire .
Secondary Literature W. A. Wetzel, Benjamin Franklin as an Economist (1895).


The Autobiography (wiretap.spies.com)
The Autobiography (virginia.edu) due to licensing requirements
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (virginia.edu)
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (nptn.org)
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (yasuda-u.ac.jp)
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (odur.let.rug.nl) The whole Autobiography in one file. Edited by Charles W Eliot Lld; P. F. Collier & Son Company, New York (1909) TWYFORD, at the Bishop of St. Asaph's, 1771
How I became a printer in Philadelphia from his autobiography (odur.let.rug.nl)
Boston and London (vt.edu)
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London 1757-1775 (vt.edu)
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Paris 1776-1785 (vt.edu)
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Philadelphia 1726-1757 (vt.edu)
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Philadelphia 1785-1790 (vt.edu)
Philadelphia 1785-1790 (virginia.edu) due to licensing requirements
Poor Richard Improved (vt.edu)
Poor Richard Almanac (virginia.edu) due to licensing requirements
A Modest Enquiry into the Nature and Necessity of Paper Currency (1729) (odur.let.rug.nl)
Journal of a Voyage (1726) (odur.let.rug.nl)

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The Franklin Institute Science Museum (sln.fi.edu)
Chief events in his life (odur.let.rug.nl)


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