Franklin Stove

   Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was one of America's greatest statesmen. He was a diplomat sent to France to seek aid for the colonists, and he helped frame both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
   Franklin was born in Boston, the tenth son of seventeen children of a soap and candle maker. At twelve, he was apprenticed to his halfbrother James, a printer. He worked as a printer in Philadelphia and for a time in London. He published the Pennsylvania Gazette and Poor Richard's Almanack.
   A prolific inventor, Franklin devised the Franklin stove, one of America's first practical heating devices. The stove was a portable, coalburning apparatus with a pipe connecting it to the chimney. By arranging the flues in an efficient way, he could make his sitting room twice as warm with one-fourth as much fuel as he had been using. He invented the glass harmonica and bifocals and the Franklin lightning kite. But his interest in civic: matters proved as profound as his interest in inventions. He organized the first circulating library, helped establish the first fire company, and founded what is now the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Franklin stove — Stove Stove, n. [D. stoof a foot stove, originally, a heated room, a room for a bath; akin to G. stube room, OHG. stuba a heated room, AS. stofe, Icel. stofa a room, bathing room, Sw. stufva, stuga, a room, Dan. stue; of unknown origin. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Franklin stove — Frank lin stove A kind of open stove introduced by Benjamin Franklin, the peculiar feature of which was that a current of heated air was directly supplied to the room from an air box; now applied to other varieties of open stoves. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Franklin stove — ☆ Franklin stove n. [after FRANKLIN2 Benjamin, who invented it] a cast iron heating stove resembling an open fireplace …   English World dictionary

  • Franklin stove — The Franklin stove (named after its inventor, Benjamin Franklin) is a metal lined fireplace with baffles in the rear to improve the airflow, providing more heat and less smoke than an ordinary open fireplace. It is also known as the circulating… …   Wikipedia

  • Franklin stove — 1. a cast iron stove having the general form of a fireplace with enclosed top, bottom, side, and back, the front being completely open or able to be closed by doors. 2. any of various fireplaces having a cast iron top, back, and sides, with some… …   Universalium

  • franklin stove — noun also franklin Usage: usually capitalized F Etymology: after Benjamin Franklin, its inventor 1. : a metal heating stove resembling an open fireplace but designed to be set out in a room so as to conserve heat and to distribute it evenly 2. :… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Franklin stove — Frank′lin stove′ n. ene a cast iron stove having the general form of a fireplace with the front open and often fitted with doors • Etymology: 1780–90, amer.; after Benjamin Franklin, who designed it …   From formal English to slang

  • Franklin stove — noun Etymology: Benjamin Franklin, its inventor Date: 1776 a metal heating stove resembling an open fireplace but designed to be set out in a room …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Franklin stove — noun N. Amer. a large cast iron stove for heating a room, resembling an open fireplace in shape. Origin C18: named after the American statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin …   English new terms dictionary

  • Franklin stove — Benjamin Franklin …   Inventors, Inventions

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