Benjamin Franklin

By Alie Jones


Did you know that Ben Franklin was credited for creating the rocking chair? He is known for lots of other things too! Ben's family was very large and very supportive of his independence. Ben had many accomplishments including writing The Poor Richards Almanack. Some of Franklin's experiments and inventions are the most famous and fascinating things in history. Benjamin Franklin has done a lot of great things, but let's start at the beginning.

Early Life

Ben Franklin had a very exciting life, even when he was a child! Franklin was born on January 17, 1708. He was the youngest son with two younger sisters and seventeen kids in all. Franklin went to school in Boston for two years, only because his father could not afford much education. Franklin was then persuaded to become an apprentice for his brother James, who was a printer. Franklin was smart as a child too, but what he did might have given him a chance to make a difference in the world.

Ben's Accomplishements

Franklin had many different accomplishments throughout his life. Franklin was a printer, which means he printed newspapers, flyers, and things like that. He also wrote The Poor Richards Almanack which was a book which has quotes such as,"A friend in need is a friend indeed,". Ben was the clerk of the P.A. Assembly. This means he took care of important documents. He was also the Philadelphia postmaster. This means he took care of all the post offices in Philadelphia. Ben also made the first public library and fire department. Some of Franklin's accomplishments have changed the world forever.

Ben's Inventions and Experiments

Ben Franklin has had many experiments and inventions. As you probably know, Ben did the famous kite experiment. If you don't know what that is, Ben Franklin waited for a thunderstorm and put a key on a kite and flew the kite outside. Then, he ended up getting electrocuted when lightning struck the kite. Anyways, Ben created the Pennsylvania Fireplace, now called the Franklin Fireplace. He was also credited for creating the first ever rocking chair. He also created the first bifocal eyeglasses. He was one of the first people to wear them too. Ben Franklin has created things we still use even today.


Benjamin Franklin has done so many things to change society. He was an amazing person, even from the beginning of his life. Franklin has accomplished so many things to help change the way we live. He has created so much for us. Ben Franklin is an amazing person who has done so many things to change the world.


apprentice: a person who learns a job or skill by working for a fixed period of time for someone who is very good at that job or skill.

bifocal: divided into two parts that help a person see things that are far away and nearby.

clerk: a person whose job is to keep tracks of records and documents for a buisness or office.


Books: Colonial America Biographies by Saari Peggy, 2000

What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin by Jean Fritz New York, Schoolastic 1976

Online: Benjamin Franklin by David Waldstreicher World Book Student, 2016, World Book, web, February 26, 2017

About The Author

Alie Jones is a 10 year old, internet obsessed, fun-loving kid. She enjoys listening to My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco, and Fall Out Boy. She loves singing and playing trombone in the fifth grade exploratory band. She also plays the guitar. Alie loves popcorn and enjoys hanging out with her friends.