Meaning: a landowner (14th and 15th centuries) who was free but not of noble birth
Meaning: printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics; he helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; he played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; as a scientist he is remembered particularly for his research in electricity (1706-1790)
Meaning: United States historian noted for studies of Black American history (born in 1915)
"With Julia Franklin," said Belcour.
Just then they were again joined by Mr. Franklin and Belcour.
At that instant Julia Franklin passed the window, leaning on her uncle's arm.
"BROTHER SAMUEL:--Will you communicate with me through this medium? WILLIAM FRANKLIN."
On the other hand, Franklin could not cross the Channel without making observations useful to mankind.
"He has been for some time past greatly attached to one Miss Franklin, a pleasing lively girl, with a large fortune."
"Franklin," says he, "you must go home with me and spend the evening; I am to have some company that you will like;" and, taking me by the arm, he led me to his house.
Belcour drew Mr. Franklin on one side and entered into a political discourse: they walked faster than the young people, and Belcour by some means contrived entirely to lose sight of them.
Aside from the personal interest that attaches to the picturesque career, so typically American, there is a broader aspect in which the work of the "Franklin of the Nineteenth Century" touches the welfare and progress of the race.