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Dictionary definition for: Franklin

1. (n) United States historian noted for studies of Black American history (born in 1915)

2. (n) printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics; he helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; he played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; as a scientist he is

3. (n) a landowner (14th and 15th centuries) who was free but not of noble birth

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