Benjamin Franklin

(1706-1790)

BIO

Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts and was one of 17 children in his family. By age 12, he dropped out of school to begin working. Once he was older, Franklin decided to Journey to Philadelphia to seek his fortune.

Ben's Many Careers

By age 24, Franklin was a prosperous merchant, the owner of a successful print shop, an inventor, and a publisher of the Philadelphia Gazette. It was said that he was everything but a poet.

Inventions

  • Franklin Stove
  • Bifocals
  • Lightning rod
  • Glass armonica
  • Swim fins
  • Odometer
  • Reaching device (long arm)
  • American political cartooning
  • & Many more.......

His Contributions to Our Nation

He helped draft the Declaration of Independence, negotiated treaties with the British, was one of the Founding Fathers of the country, and was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1787.

Franklin's Publication to Poor Richard's Almanack

It was published December 19, 1732 and continued until 1758.


  • Time is money- Time is a valuable resource
  • One today is worth two tomorrows- Today is definite but tomorrow isn't
  • Fish and visitors smell in three days- Don't overstay your welcome

Ben Franklin Biography
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