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On this day in history, Jan. 17, 1706, Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father, born in Boston

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Benjamin Franklin, scientist, philosopher, author and the most celebrated American on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean in the era of revolution, was born on this day in history, Jan. 17, 1706. 

The Founding Father’s bust and the words “Birthplace of Franklin” mark the site at 17 Milk St. in downtown Boston today. 

“If a 20th-century photographer had managed to commandeer a time machine and travel back to record the historic scenes of the revolutionary era, Franklin would have been present in almost every picture,” Joseph Ellis wrote in his Pulitzer Prize-winning 2000 history, “Founding Brothers.”

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Ellis listed the momentous events in America’s creation forged by Franklin.

“In Philadelphia during the Continental Congress and the signing of the Declaration of Independence; in Paris to draft the wartime treaty with France and then almost singlehandedly (assist to John Adams) conclude the peace treaty with Great Britain; in Philadelphia again for the Constitutional Convention and the signing of the Constitution.”

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