Definitions of franklin

  1. 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) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. In England, very early, a free tenant who held his land in his own right and not from a feudal lord; later, a well-to-do landowner. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. a landowner (14th and 15th centuries) who was free but not of noble birth Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. An English freeholder, or substantial householder. Webster Dictionary DB

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  1. Franklin believed in the efficacy and duty of prayer, and Franklin was an Infidel. – Abraham Lincoln: Was He A Christian? by John B. Remsburg
  2. New York: 1829. 5. Benjamin Franklin – Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry A. Beers