LIBERTY BELL AND BEN FRANKLIN by Bob Kessel
Bob Kessel’s art series “AMERICAN ICONS” features pictures of American presidents and historical figures like “LIBERTY BELL AND BEN FRANKLIN” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.
Benjamin Franklin (1705 – 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica’. He formed both the first public lending library in America and first fire department in Pennsylvania. He was an early proponent of colonial unity, and as a political writer and activist he supported the idea of an American nation. As a diplomat during the American Revolution he secured the French alliance that helped to make independence of the United States possible.
Franklin became a newspaper editor, printer, and merchant in Philadelphia, becoming very wealthy, writing and publishing Poor Richard’s Almanack and The Pennsylvania Gazette.
“He that is conscious of A Stink in his Breeches,
is jealous of every Wrinkle in another’s Nose.”
– Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1751