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    Benjamin Franklin - Figure from the Museum of Ventura County collection. Historical Figures Collection by George Stuart.

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    Portrait length color image of Benjamin Franklin aka.

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    Ambassador Benjamin Franklin carries the red diplomatic portfolio. He rallied French support for the nation and was key architect of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He also helped to guide the Treaty of Paris, which ended the war between England and the new United States. Ben Franklin's inventions, like the lightning rod and the aphorisms he penned for Poor Richard’s Almanac have become fixtures of American culture.

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