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Benjamin Franklin has influenced American technology and indirectly lifestyles by using his proficiencies and intelligence to conduct numerous experiments arrive at theories and produce several inventions Franklins scientific and analytical mind enabled him to generate many long lasting achievements which contributed to the development and refinement of modern technology Few national heroes including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson played a more significant role in shaping the American way of life than Franklin According to Fowler He personified the ideal of the self-made man and his rise from obscurity to eminence exemplified the American dream 32 Looby adds The study of Franklins image for the past two centuries shows that his legacy had a distinctive place in American culture 85 It has been felt by many people over the years that there was no United States inventor as great as Franklin until the time of Thomas A Edison Blow 24 Franklins words to a friend in Pennsylvania Joseph Huey best explain his attitude not only toward what he considered his civic duties but also his investigations as a scientist or philosopher He made some of the most famous and certainly the most practical discoveries of his time For my own part when I am employed in serving others I do not look upon myself as conferring favours but as paying debts In my travels and since my settlement I have received much kindness from men to whom I shall never have any opportunity of making the least direct return I can therefore only return on their fellow men and I can only show my gratitude for these mercies from God by a readiness to help his other children and my Brethren Dineen 6 Wright quotes Franklin as saying As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others and we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours 19 Franklin summarizes his attitude toward his inventions by
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