Benjamin Franklin

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin

Profession: United States Founding Father

United States of America

Biography: US Founding Father Benjamin Franklin worked his way up from working class origins to prominence as a writer and publisher of newspapers before becoming a voice for American interests in Europe and Ambassador to France.

He one of the Committee of Five that drafted the US Declaration of Independence and became the US's first Postmaster General in 1776.

An abolitionist toward the end of this life, he freed his two slaves.

As a scientist and inventor Franklin conducted famous electricity experiments, invented the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove.

Born: January 17, 1706
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: April 17, 1790 (aged 84)

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Married Life

  • 1730-09-01 US Founding Father Benjamin Franklin establishes a common-law marriage with Deborah Read

Historical Events

  • 1725-01-04 Benjamin Franklin arrives in London [OS=Dec 24 1724]
  • 1726-07-23 Benjamin Franklin sails back to Philadelphia
  • 1726-10-11 Benjamin Franklin returns to Philadelphia from England
  • 1731-11-08 In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin opens 1st library in the north American colonies, the Library Company of Philadelphia
  • 1732-12-28 Benjamin Franklin under the pseudonym Richard Saunders begins publication of "Poor Richard's Almanack"
  • 1741-02-16 Benjamin Franklin begins publishing "The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle for all the British Plantations in America"
  • 1742-06-11 Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove
  • 1751-05-11 Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin, in Philadelphia
  • 1752-06-10 Benjamin Franklin tests the lightning conductor with his kite-flying experiment
  • 1753-11-30 Benjamin Franklin receives the Godfrey Copley medal "on account of his curious Experiments and Observations on Electricity"
  • 1773-09-11 Benjamin Franklin writes "There never was a good war or bad peace"
  • 1773-09-22 Benjamin Franklin publishes a hoax letter "An Edict by the King of Prussia" in the Public Advertiser, criticising Britain's colonial policies in the American colonies
  • 1775-07-26 US Continental Congress creates United States Post Office (U.S.P.O.) in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin
  • 1776-06-11 Continental Congress creates committee to draft a Declaration of Independence with Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston as members
  • 1776-10-26 Benjamin Franklin departs for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution
  • 1784-01-26 Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America's symbol
  • 1785-05-23 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals
  • 1789-11-13 Benjamin Franklin writes "Nothing . . . certain but death & taxes"

Quotes by Benjamin Franklin

  • "We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing."

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