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Boston  |  Thursday May 11

Lecture   Benjamin Franklin in London: the British Life of America's Founding Father

New England Historic Genealogical Society    99-101 Newbury Street  |  6:00 PM

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Historian & Author

George Goodwin is an author, historian and Graduate of Cambridge University.

He has written several highly-acclaimed books including Fatal Colours: Towton 1461- England's Most Brutal Battle on the reign of Henry VI and the 1st War of the Roses; and most recently Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America's Founding Father (2017 ). Mr. Goodwin is Honorary Author in Residence at Benjamin Franklin House in London, the only one of Franklin's many homes on both sides of the Atlantic that still survives today and is now a Museum and education center.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a 2017 International Fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello.

Mr. Goodwin is a regular media contributor on British and transatlantic history. He is a Member of the National Trust, the Towton Battlefield Society and the Battlefields Trust.

Benjamin Franklin in London: the British Life of America's Founding Father

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For the vast majority of his long life, Benjamin Franklin was not only a British royalist but a keen advocate of a Great British empire of North America.

For more than one-fifth of his life, Benjamin Franklin lived in London. He dined with prime ministers, members of parliament, even kings, as well as with Britain's most esteemed intellectuals.

Having spent 18 formative months in England as a young man, Franklin was so influenced by what he found during his eighteen months in London that, over the next three decades, he created many of America's longstanding institutions based on what he had seen and read there.

In 1757, Franklin returned as a colonial representative during the Seven Years' War, and left abruptly just prior to the outbreak of America's War of Independence, barely escaping his impending arrest.

In his fast-moving highly illustrated talk, George Goodwin gives a colorful account of Franklin's British years. It was a time when Franklin counted David Hume, Joseph Priestley, Erasmus Darwin and West Wycombe Park's notorious Francis Dashwood among his friends; and when he had access both to successive Prime Ministers and to those who influenced the King.

Mr. Goodwin offers a revealing portrait of one of the most remarkable figures in U.S. history, effectively disputing the commonly held perception of Franklin as an outsider in British politics. It is an enthralling study of an American patriot who was a fiercely loyal British citizen for most of his life—until forces he had sought and failed to control finally made him a reluctant revolutionary at the age of sixty-nine.

Boston  |  Thursday May 11

Lecture   Benjamin Franklin in London: the British Life of America's Founding Father

New England Historic Genealogical Society    99-101 Newbury Street  |  6:00 PM

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