Benjamin Franklin

American congressman

Ben Franklin was born!

Franklin was born Jan. 17, 1706 in Boston. Benjamin was the 15th child and the 10th son. In September 1729, he bought the Pennsylvania Gazette, a dull, poorly edited weekly newspaper which he made, by his witty style and judicious selections of news, both entertaining and informative.

Benjamin Franklin changing his life

In 1748 Franklin sold his printing business and, in 1750, was elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly, in which he served until 1764. In 1781 Franklin, John Adams, and John Jay were appointed to conclude a peace treaty with Great Britain.