Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin

January 17, 1706 - April 17, 1790

Born in Boston, Massachusetts. Family had little money but was able to send him to some primary schools early. He quickly outgrew those schools mentally, but wasn't able to go to more challenging areas due to lack of money. So he started work early, in the printing business. And eventually became recognized as a prominent leader, and came to be known with these characteristics:

Franklin was a...

Scientist, activist, inventor, author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster,statesman, and diplomat. A Founding Father of America, and his path of complete, self success.

Franklin's Life Influences

Upbringing: The people during Franklin's life appreciated him deeply. He found ways to resolve problems in the best manner consistently and was a huge problem solver. He came to be known and loved.

Influences: Benjamin Franklin's single influence was himself. He always wanted more of himself, wanted to become better and smarter. He improved on himself, and in turn, improved the society of his time. He wanted to become enlightened, and past that even, always hungry for knowledge.

Motivation: Yet again, himself. He constantly pushed himself to better his life experience, to become well rounded and educated. He accomplished that for his time expertly, and then became motivated to better the world in the name of science and humanity. That is where his free will and determination set in place and became seen. His need for improvement on anything came to him randomly at anytime, and he made that genius change his world.

Defining Quote

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest"- Benjamin Franklin

He truly believed this, and it came to be something that he loved doing. Franklin owned thousands of books, and read and studied them all. He was self educated and thus became very successful. Always wanting to learn more made his life more fulfilling.

Franklin Compared in Modern Times

In today's time, Franklin would be extremely successful in scientific and political/social affairs. The people of America already view him with a deep respect and admiration and enjoy his work he has done to influence society. He would be impactful in modern times through his crazy, scientific eye. He would look at something simple (back in his day) and would find a way to improve on it, discovering new inventions. Translating that to now, he could discover anything that we do not see quite yet. His equal judgement and fair, due process would be grand as well. He, himself would find ways to solve massive issues to benefit all parties involved. Any social, political, or economical problem today, through great deductive reasoning and thought, he could find the absolute best solution. He had a way with words and reason.

If I had the same skills as Mr. Franklin, I would definitely imitate his style of just about everything to live up to him. I would try to make the best of myself, as he did. I would write an autobiography of how I learned my spot in life, and creatively how I improved on everything I could. The book would be inspirational as well, causing more people to do incredible good for the world. I would try to make a huge scene of world peace, and influence the world with a persuasive voice. The world would change with Franklin's thoughts today, and i would embody the ideals and spread them throughout the world. Self success and and strive for excellence would surge, while maintaining a sense of world peace would surface continuously.

Historical Summation- Profiles in Greatness: Benjamin Franklin

In "Profiles in Greatness: Benjamin Franklin," writer Amy Anderson commemorates Franklin and supports his decisions throughout his life. The author recognizes that he was a fantastic leader, and truly was the "best president who never was president." Anderson says that "no single word can describe Franklin," and for that, she is nothing but correct. Anderson has a memorable and complete tone of admiration towards Benjamin Franklin. Franklin was able to carry out a process of decisions and turn his judgement into a strategy. Franklin thought of pros and cons and weighed them together, always making a balanced situation no matter the issue. Franklin was a genius, a master and inventor of science, language, and writing. The author talks of his accomplishments and describes them. Nothing but excellence swirled about Franklin. The author is right about Franklin and his decisions. Franklin did try to make the best out of situations, and he became incredibly educated on his own time to solve problems. "From a child i was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books," quoted Franklin. With that knowledge he acquired over time, he was able to learn a great deal of information about the world and himself. Franklin found that "at 20 years of age, the will reigns;at 30, the wit;at 40, the judgment." The author writes about Franklin's successes with business and wealth, politics and social issues, science and research. Anderson agrees with his decisions, and states how Franklin "rose from poor beginnings to build fame, fortune, and influence through sheer will, a man who changed the quality of life for millions and helped free a nation from tyranny." Franklin truly accomplished these feats, and created America how it is. Franklin was a key asset in the American Revolution, alliance with France, and active writer and creative scientist to help persuade people to the same causes as he. Franklin pursued active social issues and did his best to right them, and he definitely made an impact on everything American. The author states how Franklin made the beginnings of America, and Benjamin Franklin did in fact create the America we live in.

Political Cartoon

My political cartoon represents the tyranny of King George III against the colonies. It shows how the King controls them and heavily limits the colonies capabilities. The problems of illegal taxation, laws that prevent people from moving west, limited trade only to England, and the quartering act were all issues that led to the American Revolution. Benjamin Franklin was a patriot leader, and urged men to rebel against the King. The colonies were not free under his rule. The king solely got the cruel benefits off of the colonists. What is shown below, is King George III sapping the future America (Uncle Sam) with illegal restrictions, and ultimately that will lead to the American Revolution and the creation of the American, Uncle Sam.
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Benjamin Franklin the Activist

Benjamin Franklin had many causes that kept him a very busy man. For example, he always strove for self-improvement, knowledge gain, societal fixes, liberation from Engalnd, and the bound for abolition. These causes he went for as long as he could.

Franklin initiated himself, he figured out himself he wanted to act against those issues. He was his own motivation, and he pushed himself his entire life. To learn more, gain more, and to use his genius ability to help the people. He knew that was his purpose, and he continued to do good will for himself and others through civil work and inventive ideas.

With the help of Mr.Franklin America was able to breakaway from England to become the United States of America. He accomplished freedom. He later helped write the constitution which was a giant leap for all people in America for the better. Inalienable rights now granted and protected for the people. His judgement was equally balanced, and he helped solve some of America's biggest problems during his time.

Benjamin Franklin had a way with words, and learned how to be persuasive. He was smart, and used his persuasion especially during Revolution times. Political cartoons helped side people with independence and patriotism. If he couldn't achieve his goals through his voice, he just studied more and learned more on how to fix a problem. Through self improvement as well, he was able to accomplish goals.

He gave a few speeches, a few during the drafting of the Constitution, but he preferred to listen in on speeches and performances.

He did not break any laws against his own people, yet he did not obey the restricting laws of England at the time of Revolution. He disobeyed them, and favored patriotism for the cause of the freedom of the future United States. He was willing to die for the cause.

Franklin being a diplomat, he rarely got to see his family. In turn, during one of his stays to keep ties with France strong, he returned home to find his wife deceased. Family became loose around him due to his long absences. During the Revolution, lives were lost for the cause too. It took a lot of time to strategize the war and friendships with other countries, and he had no time for relaxation.

Benjamin Franklin would definitely be active in modern times. He would support Civil Rights further and all the societal issues that are present now, and even speak out with foreign affairs. His balanced and equal judgement is what the world needs today, something creative and new that everyone sees and notices, and gets along with.

Franklin, all in all, supported just about all freedoms, and he was always willing to take difficult measures to accomplish something that he thought was of more value than the cons.

Benjamin Franklin's American Experience and Conclusion

Mr. Franklin had quite an experience in early America. In fact, he created the American Dream and that was his experience. His mentality and fundamentals on America shown throughout his entire body, and he fought every minute of his days to obtain the deserved freedoms of America. His experience was driven by his extreme curiosity, determination, and self motivation. He always kept working to become something more, to build something more, and that is exactly what he did. He invented genius items, ideas, and birthed American qualities. The experience he went through was incredibly tough, especially during the American Revolution, but from that he was able to create America and build up what it is today. He embodied America at this time, and without him the freedom that was created would not have been built. Often, he is regarded as the "first President of the United States who never was President." His American experience was patriotic and visionary, genius and creative. He made the American Dream, and lived it on his own for the time he had. His ideas were unique in politics, social matters, and in scientific discoveries. His active ideas brought America to life, created its qualities and morals, and freed it from England. Benjamin Franklin was a Founding Father of America and truly created, and lived the American experience himself.

Works Cited/Bibliography

Anderson, Amy. "Profiles in Greatness: Benjamin Franklin." SUCCESS. SUCCESS, 02 Jan. 2010. Web. 16 Mar. 2016.

"Benjamin Franklin." Ed. BIO. Editors. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2016.

"Benjamin Franklin." Wikipedia. Ed. David Waldstreicher. Wikimedia Foundation, 13 Mar. 2016. Web. 14 Mar. 2016.

Franklin, Benjamin, Leonard Woods Labaree, and Edmund S. Morgan. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. New Haven: Yale UP, 2003. Print.

Independence Hall Association. "Quick Biography of Benjamin Franklin." Independence Hall Association, n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2016.