Ferdinand of Aragon
King of Spain
He was king of Aragon and Sicily, and king of Naples. By his marriage to Isabella of Castile in 1469 he united Spain into a single power.
He established the Inquistion, conquered Granada from the Muslims in 1492, and backed the voyages of
Columbus. In 1492 he orderd the expulsion of Jews and Moors from Spain.
He succeeded to the imperial title in 1792, and held it until dissolution of the empire by Napoleon in 1805. He continued to reign as the first Emperor of Austria, under the title Francis I.
Benjamin Franklin was Ambassador to France 1777-85, and President of Pennsylvania 1785-88.
He was the only man to sign the three most important documents in U.S. history, namely the Declaration of Independence, the Peace Treaty of Paris in 1783, ending the American Revolutionary War, and the Constitution of the United States of America in 1787.
All his life, Franklin used his curiosity in the development of creative and at the same time practical inventions and in the pursuit of scientific knowledge.
He was a pioneer in the study of electricity, which he understood to be a type of fluid flowing from a positive to a negativ body. Bifocals, the Odometer, the Franklin Stove, and the Lightening Rod are some of his many inventions. (Note: 340 bell ringers died in the 18th century from lightening)
Note: Franklin corrected the sentence in the Declaration of Independence from: "We hold this truth to be sacred" to the more secular "We hold this truth to be self-evident"
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He reorganized the administration and economy of Prussia to sustain a powerful army.
The king made special efforts to hire the tallest men he could find for a special regiment
called the Potsdam Giants. He was popularly known as the 'Soldier King'.
With his force he won most of Pomerania from Sweden in 1720.