from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Franklin, Aretha Born 1942. American singer known for her recordings of soul and gospel music. Her popular songs include "Respect” (1967) and "Chain of Fools” (1968).
- Franklin, Benjamin 1706-1790. American public official, writer, scientist, and printer. After the success of his Poor Richard's Almanac (1732-1757), he entered politics and played a major part in the American Revolution. Franklin negotiated French support for the colonists, signed the Treaty of Paris (1783), and helped draft the Constitution (1787-1789). His numerous scientific and practical innovations include the lightning rod, bifocal spectacles, and a stove.
- Franklin, Sir John 1786-1847. British explorer who led a search for the Northwest Passage (1845-1847) on which he and his 129-man crew perished. A record of the expedition's discovery of the passage was found in 1857.
- Franklin, John Hope Born 1915. American historian noted for his studies of African-American history, such as From Slavery to Freedom (1947).
- Franklin, Rosalind Elsie 1920-1958. British x-ray crystallographer whose studies of DNA provided crucial information that led to the discovery of its spiral structure by Francis Crick and James D. Watson.
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- proper n. A surname.
- proper n. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American author, scientist, inventor, and diplomat, and one of the Founding Fathers.
- proper n. A male given name transferred from the surname, partly in honor of Benjamin Franklin.
- n. A one-hundred-dollar bill, which carries the portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
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