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1706 January 17. Born in Boston, the youngest son of Josiah and Abiah (Folger) Franklin. (January 6, 1705 by "Old Style" reckoning).1715Final formal year of schoolingHeard Increase Mather preach1717Begins reading Plutarch, Defoe, and Cotton MatherInvents a pair of swim fins for his handsBriefly indentured as a cutler1718Apprenticed to his brother James, a printer.Blackbeard the Pirate is captured; Franklin writes a ballad on the occasion1720Moved away from home into a boarding houseStopped attending church so he could use Sunday to studyAt a Boston town meeting, Ben's father Josiah is chosen as a town scavenger for 17211721Brother James Franklin starts publishing The New England CourantSmallpox epidemic in Boston and controversy over vaccinationBecomes "a thorough Deist"1722Becomes a vegetarian (in part he is motivated by a distaste for flesh, but also because he can save money and buy more books)1723Takes over the publishing of the Courant after brother James is jailed due to "contempt" charges.(Sept.) Runs away from apprenticeship, goes to New York and then to Philadelphia, where he gains employment as a printer.Takes lodging with John Read whose daughter Deborah will become Franklin's wife in 17301724Returns home to Boston to try and borrow money from his father to start print shop. Is denied.Returns to Philadelphia and courts Deborah Read.Under encouragement from PA Governor William Keith travels to London in order buy printing equipment. Keith's letters of credit for him never materialized and Franklin is stranded in London. Remains in London working as a printer working for Samuel Palmer.1725Publishes his first pamphlet: "A Dissertation upon Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain"Leaves Palmer the printer for the larger shop of John Watts.Attends theater, reads voraciously, and hangs out at coffee housesBack in Pennsylvania, Deborah Read marries John Rogers in August1726In July, returns to Philadelphia and works for Thomas Denham, a merchant who had loaned him the money to return home. Franklin works as a bookkeeper and shopkeeper in a store which sells imported clothes and hardware.1727Suffers first pleurisy attackLeaves job with DenhamIs rehired by printer KeimerIt is in 1727 or 1728 that Franklin has an affair with a woman that results in the birth of his illegitimate son William in 1728 or 1729In England, George I dies and is succeeded by George IIIn early October quits Keimer after quarreling only to be rehired later in the month — Keimer can find no one to cut currency like Franklin.Helps to establish the Junto, a a society of young men who met together on Friday evenings for "self-improvement, study, mutual aid, and conviviality."1728In June, establishes a Philadelphia printing partnership with Hugh Meredith; rents a building that serves as home and printshopComposes "Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion"Deborah Read's husband John Rogers steals a slave and absconds from Philadelphia1729Writes a pamphlet entitled "The Nature and Necessity of a Paper Currency"Purchases The Pennsylvania Gazette from Samuel Keimer1730Elected the official printer for PennsylvaniaTakes a common law wife Deborah Read Rogers on 9/1Franklin buys out his printing partner Hugh MeredithFire destroys the southern part of Philadelphia and Franklin starts agitating for fire protection programs1731Joins the St. Johns Freemasons LodgeDrew up the Library Company's articles of association on July 1st. The Library Company is the first lending library in the country, though it is still private.Sponsored his journeyman Thomas Whitmarsh as his printing partner in South Carolina, Franklin buys the printing press and types in return for 1/3 of the profits over a six-year term — in effect becoming a printing franchiser.Franklin rents commercial space to his mother-in-law who sells "her well-known Ointment for the ITCH," a "Family Salve or Ointment, for Burns or Scalds."Prints an article in the Gazette on the imminent passage of the "mortifying" Molasses Act1732Birth of his son Francis Folger.In May, Franklin started printing America's first German-language newspaper, Philadelphische Zeitung, which soon failed.Publishes the first edition of "Poor Richard's Almanack" on December 281733Francis Folger Franklin is baptized at the Anglican Christ Church. Deborah attends this church, while Benjamin had stopped attending a Presbyterian church the year before.1734Is elected Grand Master of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Masons of PABuy property on Philadelphia's Market Street. Eventually he will put together several lots of land on Market Street. These will house his print shop and retail space. Today, this property forms Franklin Court.Bribes post riders to carry his PA Gazette. Postmaster Andrew Bradford had forbidden riders to carry the Gazette.1735Brother James Franklin dies; Benjamin sends his widow 500 copies of Poor Richard for free so she can make money by selling themAndrew (the Philadelphia Lawyer) Hamilton defends John Peter Zenger in a seminal Freedom of the Press case. Hamilton will be a patron of Franklin's1736Named Clerk of the PA AssemblyPrints currency for NJSon Francis (Franky) Folger dies at age 4 of smallpoxOrganized the Union Fire Company (Franklin regularly attends meetings of the Library Company, the Masonic Lodge, the Junto, and now the Fire Company)Prints "A Treaty of Friendship held with the Chiefs of the Six Nations at Philadelphia"First public use of the PA State House (Independence Hall, which was designed by Andrew Hamilton)1737Appointed Postmaster of Philadelphia1739Franklin's house robbedGeorge Whitefield, the Great Awakening preacher, arrives in Philadelphia for the first timeLeads an environmental protest against polluting "Slaughter-Houses, Tan-Yards, Skinner Lime-Pits, &c. erected on the publick Dock, and Streets, adjacent"1740Official printer for New JerseyGeorge Whitefield preaches to enthusiastic crowds numbering in the thousands; buys 5,000 acres on which he intends to build a school for African-Americans. School not built. Franklin prints much material for Whitefield.1741Advertises the "Franklin Stove"Published the first edition of "The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle," one of America's earliest magazines. It failed after six issues.1742Franklin organized and publicized a project to sponsor plant collecting trips by renowned Philadelphia botanist John Bartram.1743Attends Archibald Spencer's Boston lectures on natural philosophy (including electricity)Comes out with "A Proposal for Promoting Useful Knowledge" (the founding document of the prototype of the American Philosophical Society)Daughter Sally born and baptized at Christ Church1744The American Philosophical Society begins meeting1745Death of Josiah Franklin, Benjamin's father1746Begins extensive electrical experiments1747Franklin writes "The Plain Truth," a pamphlet arguing for better military preparedness in PA. In the pamphlet is the first political cartoon published in America.Peter Collinson of London sends Franklin an electric tube. "For my own part, I never was before engaged in any study that so totally engrossed my attention and my time as this has lately done.1748Becomes a soldier in the PA militia after turning down a commission as a Colonel citing military inexperience.1749Franklin presents his vision for educataion in a pamphlet titled "Publick Academy of Philadelphia." His initiatives and vision would lead to the founding of the University of Pennsylvania.1751Letters on electricity published in London by Peter Collinson1752Conducts kite experimentReceived Copley Medal of the royal Society of London for research in electricity. Deputy Postmaster General of N.A.Wrote a plan for a union of the colonies for security and defense.1752Helps found the Philadelphia Contributionship for Insuring of Houses from Loss Against Fire1753Received honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale.Appointed joint Deputy Postmaster General of North America.1754Proposes plan of colonial union at Albany Congress1757-62In England as agent for Pennsylvania Assembly, Massachusetts, Georgia, New Jersey1759Receives honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland1762Mapped Postal routes in the colonies. Invents glass armonica1764-65Charts Gulf Stream.1766Examined in House of Commons in support of repeal of the Stamp Act1768Named Colonial Agent for Georgia.1769Named Colonial Agent for New Jersey.1770Elected Colonial Agent for Massachusetts.1771Tours Ireland.1771-72Begins writing his Autobiography.1774Dressed down before London's Privy Council by Solicitor General Wedderburn for leaking letters in the "Hutchinson Affair."Deborah Read, his wife of 44 years, dies in Philadelphia1775Elected as a Pennsylvania delegate of Pennsylvania to 2nd Continental Congress; serves as chairman of Pennsylvania Committee of SafetyElected Postmaster General of the Colonies1776Presides over Constitutional Convention of PA.Serves on a committee of five who draft the Declaration of Independence.Arrives in Paris on 12/21 as one of the Commissioners of Congress to the French Court1777Meets Madame Brillon, an amour.1778Signs French Alliance1779-81Appointed to negotiate peace treaty with England.1780Madame Helvetius rejects Franklin's offer of marriage.1783-84Signed Peace TreatyInvented bifocals1785-86Elected President of Pennsylvania Executive CouncilInvents the instrument for taking down books from a shelf1787Signs the United States Constitution1789Writes anti-slavery treatiseHe becomes president of the Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery1790April 17, dies in Philadelphia at the age of 84. 20,000 mourners attend his funeral at Philadelphia's Christ Church Burial Ground.

Benjamin Franklin is the name you are looking for. If he hadn’t lived, we would be here sipping British Tea. Benjamin Franklin greatly impacted American society so much so that he is a hero above all heroes because he contributed the most to the Continental Congress, he created inventions that are still crucial to life today, and he gained the United States their freedom.Benjamin Franklin contributed the most to the Continental Congress. France loved Franklin. “He was the man who tamed lightning, the humble American who dressed like a backwoodsman but was a match for any wit in the world” (Quick Biography 5). Ben was fluent in French and was quite the ladies’ man. This is why the Continental Congress appointed him Ambassador to France, the French couldn’t get enough of him. Benjamin Franklin gained their trust and obtained from them vital supplies America would need later in the American Revolution. “He also helped secure loans and persuade the French they were doing the right thing” (Quick Biography 5). He returned to America from France a national hero. Along with Thomas Jefferson and three others, Benjamin Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence; Jefferson did most of the writing and Franklin contributed his own intelligence into a few changes he made. Ben is the only person to have signed all four of the documents leading to the founding of the United States of America: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Treaty of Alliance with France, which he helped obtain, and the Treaty of Peace with England. The Continental Congress would have fallen apart without him.Benjamin Franklin created inventions that are still crucial to life today. One day while sitting on a bench in America, reading a book, Franklin spotted a rather colorful bird. He decided he’d like to take a look at it. He quickly took off his reading glasses and put on his distance glasses, but by that time, the bird had taken flight.“Shoot!” thought Franklin, “If only I could have changed from close-up to distance vision faster... I’ve got it!”Franklin had thought of a two-in-one pair of glasses, a bifocal! It didn’t really happen that way but it was surely along those lines. Benjamin Franklin invented the bifocal, a pair of glasses you could read in and see long-distance in at the same time. This way, people didn’t have to go around all the time with two pairs of glasses, constantly changing. Benjamin Franklin also invented the Franklin Stove. The Stove was “a major advance in the ease and efficiency of heating” (Uschan 53). Ben didn’t take a patent out on it because it was, of course, purely invented to improve society in Philadelphia. He wanted everyone to be able to create it and improve it without paying any amount of money. Franklin’s heart was in the right place. In addition to inventing the bifocals and the Franklin Stove, Ben studied electricity. He proved lightning was “caused by the buildup of static electricity in clouds.” (Turnpike 70). Benjamin Franklin then used this information to create a well known invention called the lightning rod. The lightning rod protected homes during storms. I doubt any of the inventions Franklin invented could have been made without him.Benjamin Franklin gained the United States their freedom. Ben was well-known and famous in Britain, mostly because of his book, Experiments and Observations on Electricity Made at Philadelphia by Mr. Benjamin Franklin. He lifted the American name because he “became famous for his intellect at a time when Europeans viewed Americans as unrefined and uneducated” (Uschan 53). Ben was living in Britain at the time and greatly admired their Parliament, but when the Americans became outraged at the Stamp Act, he rushed down to the House of Commons to persuade them to repeal it. All was well for a few days after the event, and Benjamin Franklin was again at peace. Then, all of a sudden, Parliament placed more and more taxes into effect. He had tried his best with reason, now he had to use action. Franklin got a hold of a few letters Thomas Hutchinson had sent to the House of Commons. Hutchinson was the royal Massachusetts governor who gave the impression to the state that he too was against Britain and their taxes. But, in the letters Ben had snatched, he was calling for “an abridgment of what are called English Liberties in America” (Quick Biography 4). Franklin sent the letters to the colonists and they were furious. When Britain found out about what Ben had done, he was publicly condemned. It was too late though, the damage had been done, the Colonists were distraught, and Benjamin Franklin’s loyalties were now with America. Upon joining up with them, he acquired crucial military assistance and supplies from France for the Revolutionary War. These were key factors in the victory of the Battle of Yorktown, the last battle of the War. He sealed America’s triumph over Britain and gave the United States its freedom.While historian Richard B. Morris might think Ben is praised more than he is worth because he has “no conscientious scruples about enjoying high living, a liberal sexual code for himself, and bawdy humor” (Uschan 52), he is absolutely incorrect. Does he know that part of the reason Franklin was loved in France was because he was so down to earth? Without his rebellious characteristics, he is an old fraud who doesn’t win the hearts of the French. Do you think they want a goody two shoes to tell them what they’re doing wrong? No, they want a friend who shares their same characteristics and aspirations. They want a friend to show others that someone like them can be one of the smartest citizens in Europe. This is why the French loved him, and this is why America won the last battle of the war, with the help of the French... with the help of Benjamin Franklin.Benjamin Franklin had one of the greatest impacts on American society in history. He served and improved the Continental Congress, he created inventions that are still crucial to life today, and he gave the United States its freedom. Benjamin Franklin is a true idol, an icon, a hero.What would it be like if the United States hadn’t ever formed at all? What if Britain still reined? Have you ever wondered who lent the most help to the Revolutionary War, to American society? Benjamin Franklin is the name you are looking for. If he hadn’t lived, we would still be in the hands of the British. If he hadn’t lived, we would all be drinking tea right about now. Benjamin Franklin greatly impacted American society so much so that he is a hero above all heroes because he contributed the most to the Continental Congress, he created inventions that are still crucial to life today, and he gained the United States their freedom.Benjamin Franklin contributed the most to the Continental Congress. France loved Franklin. “He was the man who tamed lightning, the humble American who dressed like a backwoodsman but was a match for any wit in the world” (Quick Biography 5). Ben was fluent in French and was quite the ladies’ man. This is why the Continental Congress appointed him Ambassador to France, the French couldn’t get enough of him. Benjamin Franklin gained their trust and obtained from them vital supplies America would need later in the American Revolution. “He also helped secure loans and persuade the French they were doing the right thing” (Quick Biography 5). He returned to America from France a national hero. Along with Thomas Jefferson and three others, Benjamin Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence; Jefferson did most of the writing and Franklin contributed his own intelligence into a few changes he made. Ben is the only person to have signed all four of the documents leading to the founding of the United States of America: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Treaty of Alliance with France, which he helped obtain, and the Treaty of Peace with England. The Continental Congress would have fallen apart without him.Benjamin Franklin created inventions that are still crucial to life today. One day while sitting on a bench in America, reading a book, Franklin spotted a rather colorful bird. He decided he’d like to take a look at it. He quickly took off his reading glasses and put on his distance glasses, but by that time, the bird had taken flight.“Shoot!” thought Franklin, “If only I could have changed from close-up to distance vision faster... I’ve got it!”Franklin had thought of a two-in-one pair of glasses, a bifocal! It didn’t really happen that way but it was surely along those lines. Benjamin Franklin invented the bifocal, a pair of glasses you could read in and see long-distance in at the same time. This way, people didn’t have to go around all the time with two pairs of glasses, constantly changing. Benjamin Franklin also invented the Franklin Stove. The Stove was “a major advance in the ease and efficiency of heating” (Uschan 53). Ben didn’t take a patent out on it because it was, of course, purely invented to improve society in Philadelphia. He wanted everyone to be able to create it and improve it without paying any amount of money. Franklin’s heart was in the right place. In addition to inventing the bifocals and the Franklin Stove, Ben studied electricity. He proved lightning was “caused by the buildup of static electricity in clouds.” (Turnpike 70). Benjamin Franklin then used this information to create a well known invention called the lightning rod. The lightning rod protected homes during storms. I doubt any of the inventions Franklin invented could have been made without him.Benjamin Franklin gained the United States their freedom. Ben was well-known and famous in Britain, mostly because of his book, Experiments and Observations on Electricity Made at Philadelphia by Mr. Benjamin Franklin. He lifted the American name because he “became famous for his intellect at a time when Europeans viewed Americans as unrefined and uneducated” (Uschan 53). Ben was living in Britain at the time and greatly admired their Parliament, but when the Americans became outraged at the Stamp Act, he rushed down to the House of Commons to persuade them to repeal it. All was well for a few days after the event, and Benjamin Franklin was again at peace. Then, all of a sudden, Parliament placed more and more taxes into effect. He had tried his best with reason, now he had to use action. Franklin got a hold of a few letters Thomas Hutchinson had sent to the House of Commons. Hutchinson was the royal Massachusetts governor who gave the impression to the state that he too was against Britain and their taxes. But, in the letters Ben had snatched, he was calling for “an abridgment of what are called English Liberties in America” (Quick Biography 4). Franklin sent the letters to the colonists and they were furious. When Britain found out about what Ben had done, he was publicly condemned. It was too late though, the damage had been done, the Colonists were distraught, and Benjamin Franklin’s loyalties were now with America. Upon joining up with them, he acquired crucial military assistance and supplies from France for the Revolutionary War. These were key factors in the victory of the Battle of Yorktown, the last battle of the War. He sealed America’s triumph over Britain and gave the United States its freedom.While historian Richard B. Morris might think Ben is praised more than he is worth because he has “no conscientious scruples about enjoying high living, a liberal sexual code for himself, and bawdy humor” (Uschan 52), he is absolutely incorrect. Does he know that part of the reason Franklin was loved in France was because he was so down to earth? Without his rebellious we would characteristics, he is an old fraud who doesn’t win the hearts of the French. Do you think they want a goody two shoes to tell them what they’re doing wrong? No, they want a friend who shares their same characteristics and aspirations. They want a friend to show others that someone like them can be one of the smartest citizens in Europe. This is why the French loved him, and this is why America won the last battle of the war, with the help of the French... with the help of Benjamin Franklin.Benjamin Franklin had one of the greatest impacts on American society in history. He served and improved the Continental Congress, he created inventions that are still crucial to life today, and he gave the United States its freedom. Benjamin Franklin is a true idol, an icon, a hero.

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njamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers and a genius. He was the colonies' ambassador to France and convinced the French government to fight alongside the Americans against the British. He published pro-American books and a newspaper. He served on the Continental Congress. He was instrumental in the planning of our system of government. He was one of the Founding Fathers and one of the American representatives signing the Treaty of Versailles. Benjamin Franklin was a successful, impressive, and inspiring politician, statesman, author, publisher, scientist, and philosopher. He was one of the Founding Fathers and actually came up with the system of government outlined in the Constitution. It would take practically forever to list all of his accomplishments and impacts, but some are as follows: - inventing bifocal glasses - inventing the glass armonica (a musical instrument) - serving in the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention - serving as America's first postmaster - inventing the Franklin Stove - inventing the lightning rod and not getting a patent, so as to make them affordable - proving lightning electricity which can be harnessed via his kite and key experiment (a risk to his life) - coining electrical terms such as battery, charge, and discharge- starting a lending library and fire station - founding the first nonreligious college, the University of Pennsylvania - publishing Poor Richard's Almanac and the Pennsylvania Gazette - serving as the first American ambassador to France and persuading the French to join with the Americans against the British in the Revolutionary War - receiving honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, University of St. Andrews (Scotland), and Oxford Basically, he helped us win the Revolution and establish a government afterward, improved and/or saved the lives of many people, and laid the electrical groundwork out for most all scientific advancements to date.He did alot of good things like helped Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence. And invented the newspaper, maybe a school, and all that good inventions

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As a youngster, Ben learned to swim in Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River and became somewhat of an expert. On a Thames River boating trip with friends, a 19-year-old Franklin jumped into the river and swam from Chelsea to Blackfriars (around 3.5 miles), performing all sorts of water tricks along the way or, as he describes it, “…many feats of activity, both upon and under the water, that surprised and pleased those to whom they were novelties.” Franklin’s Phelpsian feats earned him an honorary induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968He was such an excellent swimmer, one of the careers he considered (and seemingly one of the few he did NOT choose) was running a swimming school of his own. Of course, he also invented his own swim fins.

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Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia's fire department and a university.Franklin earned the title of "The First American" for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity; as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies, then as the first United States Ambassador to France, he exemplified the emerging American nation.[3] Franklin was foundational in defining the American ethos as a marriage of the practical values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment. In the words of historian Henry Steele Commager, "In a Franklin could be merged the virtues of Puritanism without its defects, the illumination of the Enlightenment without its heat."To Walter Isaacson, this makes Franklin "the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become."Franklin, always proud of his working class roots, became a successful newspaper editor and printer in Philadelphia, the leading city in the colonies.With two partners he published the Pennsylvania Chronicle, a newspaper that was known for its revolutionary sentiments and criticisms of the British policies. He became wealthy publishing Poor Richard's Almanack and The Pennsylvania Gazette. Franklin was also the printer of books for the Moravians of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (1742 on). Franklin's printed Moravian books (printed in German) are preserved, and can be viewed, at the Moravian Archives located in Bethlehem. Franklin visited Bethlehem many times and stayed at the Moravian Sun Inn.He played a major role in establishing the University of Pennsylvania and was elected the first president of the American Philosophical Society. Franklin became a national hero in America when as agent for several colonies he spearheaded the effort to have Parliament in London repeal the unpopular Stamp Act. An accomplished diplomat, he was widely admired among the French as American minister to Paris and was a major figure in the development of positive Franco-American relations. His efforts to secure support for the American Revolution by shipments of crucial munitions proved vital for the American war effort.For many years he was the British postmaster for the colonies, which enabled him to set up the first national communications network. He was active in community affairs, colonial and state politics, as well as national and international affairs. From 1785 to 1788, he served as governor of Pennsylvania. Toward the end of his life, he freed his own slaves and became one of the most prominent abolitionists.His colorful life and legacy of scientific and political achievement, and status as one of America's most influential Founding Fathers, have seen Franklin honored on coinage and the $100 bill; warships; the names of many towns; counties; educational institutions; corporations; and, more than two centuries after his death, countless cultural references.

Bifocals are eyeglasses with an upper and lower half, the upper for far distance and the lower for reading Bifocals are commonly prescribed to people with Franklin wrote, in August 1784 to his friend George Whatley, that he was "happy in the invention of double spectacles, which serving for distant objects as well as near ones, make my eyes as useful to me as ever they were." Once Franklin had an understanding of the behavior of electricity, he set about to protect houses from the destructive forces of lightning. A lightning rod, simply, is a rod attached to the top of a building, connected to the ground through a wire. The electric charge from lightning strikes the rod and the charge is conducted harmlessly into the ground. This protects houses from burning down and people from electrocution.Franklin was a great lover of books. However, reaching books on high shelves was a challenge. So, in 1786, the ever resourceful Franklin solved the problem by inventing the "long arm," which is simply a wooden pole with a grasping claw at the end. Simple, clever, effective.In colonial America, homes were warmed by a fireplace. The Franklin stove, invented in 1742, is a metal-lined fireplace that stands in the middle of a room. It has rear baffles for improved airflow. It provides more heat and less smoke than an open fireplace and uses less wood. This cast-iron furnace would radiate heat from the middle of the room in all directions, and the iron walls even absorbed heat, providing warmth to the room long after the fire went out.In colonial America, homes were warmed by a fireplace.Benjamin Franklin was an avid swimmer from a very young age. Throughout his life he consistently promoted its healthful benefits. At the ripe old age of 11 he invented a pair of swim fins. However, unlike today's foot flippers, these were attached to one's hands. His advocacy for swimming was recognized by his induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968.A popular entertainment in England in the early 18th century was playing music on upright wine goblets, with tones made by rubbing one's fingers around the lip of glasses filled with different quantities of fluid. In 1761, Franklin created a mechanized version, and called it the Armonica (after the Italian word for harmony.) Franklin worked with London glassblower Charles James to build his Armonica, and it had its world premiere in early 1762, played by Marianne Davies.Franklin's foot-treadle-operated instrument held 37 glass bowls. The musician touched the rims of the bowls with fingered moistened from the water trough. The bowl-rims were color-coded, according to the note. For example, C's are red, D's orange, E's yellow, etc.Franklin was curious as to how far he was traveling by carriage, in his role as postmaster, for his travels between Philadelphia and Boston.While the concept of the odometer dates back to ancient times, Franklin did create his own version. The concept was to attach the device near the wheels of a carriage, determine the circumferance of the wheel and the number of revolutions required to travel a mile, and have the device register the distance traveled.

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