Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and in many ways was "The First American" He 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. Franklin, always proud of his working class roots, became a successful newspaper editor and printer in Philadelphia, the leading city in the colonies. He became wealthy publishing Poor Richard's Almanack and The Pennsylvania Gazette. 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.Toward the end of his life, he freed his own slaves and became one of the most prominent abolitionists.



1706: Born January 17th in Boston, MA1731: Founds first public library1752: Kite experiment1776: Signs Declaration of Independence1787: Signs US Constitution1790: Died April 17th in Philadelphia

SS4H5 The student will analyze the challenges faced by the new nation. b. Identify the major leaders of the Constitutional Convention (James Madison and Benjamin Franklin) and describe the major issues they debated, including the rights of states, the Great Compromise, and slavery.

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-Benjamin Franklin had 10 jobs throughout his career-He invented many items that are still used today including bifocals, the lightning rod, swimming fins, the Franklin stove, and a glass armonica.-He taught himself five different languages.-He was the 15th of 17 children!-His picture has been on every $100 bill minted since 1928.

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