Jan 16

Benjamin Franklin

 

I’ll tell you where the four winds dwell

In Franklin’s tower there hangs a bell

It can ring, turn night today

It can ring like fire when you lose your way.

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At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, Ben Franklin, one of the most senior members in attendance, was asked, “What have you given us?” To which he replied, “A republic if you can keep it.”

An inventor, printer, philosopher, brilliant scholar, and signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution for the United States, Franklin led a long and industrious life and has been credited with inventing a long list of curious creations including, bifocals, swim fins, the Franklin stove and the lightning rod due to his long standing fascination with electricity. http://spark.ucar.edu/sites/default/files/images/video/Media%20browser/ben%20franklin_1.jpg

He established the postal service in America and if you ever travel to Philadelphia you may visit old Ben’s original post office.

Follow this link to read more about some of Franklin’s inventions. More on Franklin here with additional links Here is a link to some lesser known facts about Franklin.

Another very interesting fact; Franklin had developed a new and unique method for casting bells. The method utilized steam to assist in the cooling process. This was called “dewing the bell”. After this process, the bell was rolled on cotton cloth to absorb the excess moisture. Subsequently, Robert Hunter, of Grateful Dead fame, wrote the lyrics for the ever popular song titled, FRANKLIN’S TOWER. The group recorded and released the album with this song in 1975.

Follow this link to read a fascinating account of the history related to the casting of the Liberty Bell.

LIBERTY BELL

The original Liberty Bell seen here where it resides in Independence Hall, Philadelphia.

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God help the child who rings that bell
It may have one good ring left, you can’t tell
One watch by night, one watch by day
If you get confused just listen to the music play.

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