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Benjamin Franklin
Date: 1706 - 1790
Remarks: Member of the 2nd Continental Congress in 1775 and signed and helped draft the U.S. Constitution; Negotiated treaty with Great Britain and signed in France (along with John Jay and John Adams) which ended the Revolution and established independence. Franklinia (Franklinia alatamaha) discovered in the south in 1765 and named in his honor, although this plant has not been found growing wild since 1790.