Philosophical Society of Washington

The Secret to Benjamin Franklin's Electrifying Success

Mark Skousen
Grantham University

2221 st Meeting Abstract
Friday, April 13, 2007 at 8:15 PM


Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) became America's most famous citizen and was instrumental in creating a new nation and a new philosophy of enlightenment. Even today he is ranked next to George Washington as America's most admired founder. How did he achieve this international icon status? This lecture focuses on Franklin's unique achievements as businessman extraordinaire, practical scientist, public servant, socialite, and revolutionary. Franklin's Autobiography played an important role in America's development as a nation. The author has made some discoveries about Franklin's life and extended the memoirs, covering Franklin’s final 33 years. He has identified five surprise findings in his book, “The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin.”

Mark Skousen

About the Author:

Mark Skousen holds the Benjamin Franklin Chair of Management at Grantham University. Grantham University has renamed its business school, “The Mark Skousen School of Business.” In 2004-05, he taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School and Columbia University. He previously was an Adjunct Professor of Economics and Finance at Rollins College. He served as the president of the Foundation for Economic Education. Earlier, he had been an analyst for the CIA.

Since 1980, he has been editor-in-chief of the investment newsletter, “Forecasts and Strategies.” He is also chairman of Investment U, an investment e-letter with 300,00 subscribers. He has been a columnist for Forbes magazine and has written for the Wall Street Journal and Reason Magazine. He has appeared on CNBC, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, and C-SPAN's Book TV. He is the author of over 20 books, including “The Making of Modern Economics” and “Scrooge Investing.”

He holds a Master's degree in economics from Brigham Young University (1972) and a Ph.D. in econmics from George Washington University (1977).

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