This isn’t as juicy as the previous entries in this thread, but I thought I’d mention that Franklin, in his youth (before he retired from Poor Richard’s Almanac) wrote a treatise on Learning How to Swim, IIRC, the first written in America.
We never think about the older, rotund Franklin as an athlete, so this comes as something of a surprise.
Franklin was a wit, nho doubt about it. It helped him write the Almanac, livened his other writings, and endeared him to the FReench when he was a diplomat. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to have made him a witty advocate for Independence, as portrayed in the musical 1776. But I think Cec doesn’t give him enough credit – he was in the various Congresses and committees, and his name carried considerable weight.
By the way, Gout doesn’t keep a horny male from consorting with his lover. CalMeacham speaks from experience here.