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Royal Society[edit]

The article seems to make a serious error in conflating the Royal Society of Arts (which admitted Franklin in 1756, see Benjamin_Franklin_Medal_(Royal_Society_of_Arts) which was instated in 1956 on the 200th anniversary thereof) with the Royal Society. The follow-on application of the FRS post-nominal letters is particularly problematic. These claims should be removed unless citations can be provided proving membership in the actual Royal Society of London &c — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:A:480:24D:945F:AF08:F491:8B42 (talk) 13:26, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

slaves and slavery[edit]

suggest you finish the section with line about Franklin's change in attitude at the end of his life. According to National Archives http://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/franklin/ and book The Great Upheaval by Jay Winik Franklin wrote supporting abolition and petitioned congress to end both slavery and the slave trade as his last public act before his death. As it stands the section leaves the impression that he still was neutral at the time of his death. 72.188.34.53 (talk) 19:51, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

"He was one of ten children born to Josiah Franklin with his second wife Abiah Folger. "[edit]

Narrowly read, I think this is true - but his father had 17 children - seven by his first wife. So saying that Franklin was "one of ten children" is a little misleading - even if technically correct when you read the entire sentence carefully. I could easily imagine people just assuming that he was one of ten children, period - so I think we need to be a little more clear.

I think I'll change this to "He was one of seventeen children born to Josiah Franklin." because that better encapsulates the gigantic size of the family he came from - which seems like it's more significant than the narrow explanation of which mother bore all of those kids. Since we're writing about Franklin himself, that seems like a clearer statement.

SteveBaker (talk) 17:33, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 10 February 2015 Two years 1734 1749[edit]

Section: Freemason (additional information concerning Freemason Section) Benjamin Franklin served as Grand Master of Philadelphia for two separate years (1734,1749). Serving for two separate terms shows the esteem of Benjamin Franklin among his peers in Freemasonry. http://www.pagrandlodge.org/gmaster/history/1734franklin004.html

Ddenney411 (talk) 01:19, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Red question icon with gradient background.svg Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. — {{U|Technical 13}} (etc) 16:25, 10 February 2015 (UTC)