Know as the inventor of light, Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston Massachusetts. He served as a governor for Pennsylvania from 1785-1788. During this time he facilitated many civic organizations. He became a national hero in America for spearheading the effort to have parliament in colonies. He became a successful newspaper editor and printer in Philadelphia. He also played a major role in establishing the University of Pennsylvania. He past away on April 17, 1790 (age 84), he is now honored on the 100 dollar bill.