Franklin-Porträt von Joseph Siffred Duplessis (Ölgemälde, um 1785)

Benjamin Franklin
(*17.Januar 1706 Boston, Province of Massachusetts Bay - †17.April 1790 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

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"A republic, if you can keep it."

James McHenry diary entry on September 18,1787, the day after the signing of the United States Constitution: "A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what we got a republic or a monarchy — A republic replied the Doctor if you can keep it."