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Noun: franklin  frangk-lin
  1. A landowner (14th and 15th centuries) who was free but not of noble birth
Noun: Franklin  frangk-lin
  1. United States historian noted for studies of Black American history (born in 1915)
    - John Hope Franklin
     
  2. 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)
    - Benjamin Franklin

Derived forms: franklins

Type of: American Revolutionary leader, author, historian, historiographer, landholder, landowner, pressman, printer, property owner, scientist, writer

Encyclopedia: Franklin, OH