Portrait of Benjamin Franklin
Portrait of Benjamin Franklin
 
 
Drawing of the birth place of Franklin
Drawing of the birth place of Franklin
 
 
Franklin as a printer
Franklin as a printer
 
 
Writing by Benjamin Franklin
Writing by Benjamin Franklin
 
 
Experimenting with lightning
Experimenting with lightning
 
 
Founding Father of the United States
Founding Father of the United States
 
 
Portrait of Benjamin Franklin
Portrait of Benjamin Franklin
 
Electricity<br>Franklin, Benjamin
Topic(s):   Famous People (U.S.), Inventions & Inventors, Revolutionary War (U.S.)
Quick Facts
Full name Benjamin Franklin
Born January 17, 1706 (present day Boston, Massachusetts)
Died April 17, 1790 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Nationality American
Occupation(s) inventor, scientist, writer, printer, statesman
Major Achievement(s) helped America win independence
Year Invented 1747

Benjamin Franklin was very smart. Ben only went to school for a year or two. But he loved to read. At a young age, Benjamin began working for an older brother, James, as a printer.

When Ben was 16, he sent letters to the paper. He signed them, Silence Dogood. People loved the letters. He was so good, many people began reading his papers.

Ben liked to do new things. In 1733, he started to write and print Poor Richard’s Almanac. It was published once a year. It was fun to read. He drew the first political cartoon. Ben started the first public library and the first fire department. Franklin even started an insurance company. It helped people after fires. He also started a hospital. He enjoyed finding ways to help people live better.

Franklin also liked to experiment with things. Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod and bifocal glasses. Ben also invented a stove and a musical instrument. Benjamin made swim fins. He helped prove that electricity made lightning. He enjoyed finding ways to help people live better.

Benjamin Franklin was the first Postmaster General. He helped write the Declaration of Independence. Franklin signed the United States Constitution. He is known as one of America’s founding fathers. The founding fathers helped make America its own country. Ben did NOT like slavery.

Benjamin Franklin died at home when he was 84.

Resource information

Bellis, Mary. (n.d.). Benjamin Franklin. Retrieved from http://inventors.about.com/od/fstartinventions/a/Franklin.htm

Encyclopedia of World Biography. (n.d.). Benjamin Franklin. Retrieved from http://www.notablebiographies.com/Fi-Gi/Franklin-Benjamin.html

The Franklin Institute. (n.d.). Benjamin Franklin: Glimpses of the Man. Retrieved from http://fi.edu/franklin/rotten.html

ushistory.org. (n.d.). A Quick Biography of Benjamin Franklin. Retrieved from http://www.ushistory.org/franklin/info/index.htm

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