He was born in 1706, forming part of a modest family in Boston. He had a little formal education. He started a printing business in Philadelphia, which grew wealthy and became successful. He also helped launch a lending library. It could be said he was a renaissance man because he had many talents. He was a statesman, author, publisher, scientist, inventor and diplomat.
The American revolution
Franklin traveled to London as a representative of the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1757, to which he was elected in 1751. He worked to settle a taz dispute and other issues. He lived in London for a while to testify in the British parliament against the Stamp Act of 1765, which required all legal documents, newspapers, books and other printed materials.
In May 1775, shortly after the revolutionary war, Franklin returned to Philadelphia and was selected to serve as delegate to the second continental congress, America´s governing body at a time. Forming part of the five-member committee that helped draft the famous declaration of independence.
"Benjamin Franklin." History.com. A&E Television Networks. Web. 12 Jan. 2016.