Benjamin Franklin is perhaps better known for being a member of the Constitutional Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He also invented the bifocal and electric rod, among several other things, and established a newspaper. He sought make living easier for many around him through his inventions. Franklin has many contributions to which historians can attribute his name but only “The Franklin Stove” has it in its own name.
Peter Roan, Bust of Benjamin Franklin by Jean-Antoine Houdin, October 18, 2007, New York, NY. Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/peterjr1961/1699889583/ (Accessed 3/30/2011).