Who is the Most American?

Benjamin Franklin was certainly an influential American. He was a founding father among many things. He was born January 17, 1706. His list of accomplishments are endless, such as author, political theorist, politician, scientist, post master, and what I think when I hear his name is inventor. His lightening rod, bifocals, and the Franklin Stove are his most notable inventions. There is no denying he is a true unequivocal American. My dads favorite Ben Franklin’s quote is:

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”



With that said, there are so many people in our history and even today that are undeniable Americans. Some of the people from history that come to mind are George Washington, Henry Ford, Mark Twain, Harriet Tubman, Thomas Edison, and the list goes on. All for very different reasons which is what makes America what it is today.

Let’s not forget the soldiers that have fought and that are fighting in battle for this country. They do not just define what it is to be an American, but I would even call them heroes.

“It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.” – Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC

So I guess the answer to the question asked of me is no. I do not think there is any one person more American than Benjamin Franklin. I do however think there are people that are every bit as American as Mr. Franklin.



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