Ben Franklin

One of the most influential men in American history

By: Jason Keith

Childhood/Influences

Benjamin Franklin is truly a remarkable story as he went from a living in poverty to owning an extremely successful paper and being the most influential man in America. As a child Ben's father was too poor to send him to school. For 4 years Ben looked for a trade skill to become an apprentice, but he never found one he liked. That was until he went to work under his half-brother in a printing press where he discovered his love for writing. Ben worked there for a few years becoming an expert. He then left his hometown of Philadelphia for England where he was going to buy supplies for his own printing press, but he didn't have the money to sail back so he was hired by an English printer where he became one of the most popular writers in Britain. He lived there until the start of the American Revolution.

Impact on the American Recolution

In 1774, Ben Franklin returned to America form a long stint in Britain. He finally started his own printing press in Philadelphia where he once again became immensely popular. His influential writing turned many loyalists against the British. As the idea of Independence got bigger Ben helped inspire people to join. While he was in Philadelphia Ben helped the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, revise and edit the DOI. Ben also negotiated the Treaty of the Paris which was key to ending the war.
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Personal Life

Ben had an interesting personal life. He came from a Mormon society and had very strong morals growing up. He would later marry a woman named Deborah Read. Their marriage was just a common-law marriage and was not very serious. They had 2 kids named William and Sarah. William would later become a loyalist during the revolution. He would live the rest of his life in exile in Britain. Ben also had son who died of small pox at a very young age. Ben had very few close friendships as he was always focused on his studies and works.

Impact on Constitutional Convention

Ben was one of the delegates at the convention that was originally meant to revise the Articles of confederation. Ben rarely took part in debates over the Constitution. But at one point he gave a very passionate speech to group of delegates at the meeting. It changed the view of multiple delegates and helped allow the Constitution to be ratified and started the country we know today.

Scientfic Advances

Ben Franklin is one of the greatest scientists in history. He revolutionized eyesight with bifocals and also invented the lighting rod. He discovered the basic principles of electricity that we still use today. Few men invent one item, but he invented multiple that we have just advanced and kept up to date.

Summary

Ben franklin is one of the greatest leaders, scientists, and writers America has ever seen. He is one of out founding fathers and influenced 2 of the greatest documents in U.S. history. All in all, I believe we are not where we are today without the contributions of Ben Franklin.

Some Famous Quotes


"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning."

Benjamin Franklin



"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."

Benjamin Franklin