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Franklin montage "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately." - Attributed to Franklin, July 1776

We usually think of Ben Franklin as an American patriot and founding father. But his influence extended much further. At a time when people rarely traveled more than 20 miles from where they were born, Franklin made eight Atlantic crossings and visited ten countries.

As a skilled diplomat, he negotiated treaties with Great Britain, France, Germany, Sweden, and Spain and helped secure America's place in the world. As a respected scientist and scholar, he was granted honorary degrees in England, Scotland, and America. And as an Enlightenment thinker, he exchanged letters with some of the greatest minds of the eighteenth century.

Ben Franklin . . . citizen of the world.

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