Benjamin Franklin

Who is Benjamin Franklin?
Benjamin Franklin was one of the founding fathers of The United States.

Benjamin Franklin was born on 17 January 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts. Although, Pennsylvania was his hometown, he considered Philadelphia. He died at the age of 84 in 1790 and is buried in Philadelphia. By profession, he was a politician, writer, printer- publisher and a scientist.

Ben Franklin was a man of multiple talents. He was a noted polymath, with complete expertise in different subject of different areas. He was an author, political theorist, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and a diplomat. His diverse and active life had earned him the titles of being a model American citizen and one of the most influential founding fathers of the United States.

Ben was the youngest of his nineteen siblings. Due to financial difficulties, he finished his schooling after two years and continued his education by reading. Then, at the age of 12, he became a student under his elder brother James, who was in the printing business and ran his own newspaper in Boston. After three years of working, Ben wanted desperately to write in the paper. So he started writing letters to the newspaper, under the pen name of Silence Dogood, a widow who bashed the society for the exploitation of women . As his writings became immensely popular, in 1730, he created his own newspaper ‘The Pennsylvania Gazette’. Wherein, he was easily able to publish his articles, essays and his though without being opposed by his brother.  

Franklin was a prolific inventor. Among his several accomplishments, Franklin was famous for his work with electricity. He was the one to prove that lightening was, in fact, electricity. He proved this by conducting an experiment on flying kites, which were to extract electricity from a developing storm. From this work, he invented the lightning rod. He designed the rods to protect tall structures from being struck and damaged during electrical storms. His other inventions include the Franklin stove, bifocals, glass armonica and flexible catheter.

Franklin also published the famous Poor Richard's Almanack under the alias of, Richard Saunders. He considered himself as a free mason. He was a pioneer in the studies of population and slave demography. He discovered the famous Gulf Stream Current Chart. He was also a famous well rounded musician.

Benjamin Franklin, played an extremely important in the movement of the thirteen individual colonies coming together to form one unified nation. His actions as elder statesman and diplomat helped ensure independence. He helped draft and signed the Declaration of Independence. His scientific and literary achievements helped him earn respect at home and abroad. While in England, he also received honorary degrees from St. Andrews and Oxford. His wisdom lives on in many popular adages that are spoken today. He wrote “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write something worth reading or do things worth the writing,” which he unquestionably made true for himself.  

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