Definition of Poor Richard in English:

Poor Richard


  • The supposed author of a series of almanacs published by Benjamin Franklin between 1732 and 1757 in which advice was dispensed in the form of maxims; frequently in "as Poor Richard says".

    Franklin's maxims were popularized after a number of them were collected in a preface to the almanac for 1758, where each was followed by the phrase as Poor Richard says; this preface was later reprinted as Father Abraham's Speech and The Way to Wealth.


Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), natural philosopher, writer, and revolutionary politician in America.