Benjamin Franklin (not Franken) played an important role in the events leading up to the Revolutionary War. Aside from helping to rally the colonial citizens to rebel against the British, he played a critical role in developing an alliance with the French, without which we may well have lost the war.
Whatever you might think of Regan, it seems pretty irrelevant when compared to the actions of a person who helped to ensure that our country existed in the first place.
[Also, the kite thing may never have actually happened. He proposed it, but the experiment was instead carried out using a large iron rod. This led to the invention of the lightning rod, which prevents house fires to this day.]