Benjamin Franklin

Nathan Parkins

An interesting person

Benjamin Franklin was a very interesting person. He organized the first lending library and volunteer fire department.. Benjamin Franklin studied electricity, mathematics, and map making. He also helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

3 Fun Facts

1. At the age of twenty-two, Ben Franklin was the owner of the Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper. His printing company printed the paper money for both Pennsylvania and Delaware.

2. Ben Franklin first saw himself in print at age 16, writing his controversial, feminist "Silence Dogood" letters, published anonymously in his brother's newspaper, The New England Courant.

3. Ben Franklin taught himself to read French, Spanish, Latin, and Italian. His passion for self-improvement extended to public projects; he organized the first fire company in the colonies, made designs for paving and lighting Philadelphia streets and for expanding the city watch to a force of police.