* Professor of History, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
* Author, The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (Anchor Books, 2002)
* Associate Editor, Presidential Studies Quarterly
* Executive Director, Bakken Museum of Electricity in Life, Minneapolis, MN
* Author, Franklin: The Essential Founding Father (Regnery, 2002)
Ben Franklin is one of the most colorful, clever, and quoted of the founding fathers. Two hundred and fifty years ago this month, he performed his famous kite experiment which proved that lightning was indeed electricity. Scientist, civic leader, author, publisher, deft politician/diplomat/peace negotiator....the life and times of Benjamin Franklin.