Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was born on Milk street in Boston on January 17, 1706, (“Ben Franklin: A Quick Biography of Benjamin Franklin,” ushistory.org). His father was Josiah Franklin. His schooling ended at the age of ten. Benjamin had 16 brothers and sisters total.

When Benjamin Franklin was 12, he became his brother ’s apprentice as a printer, and when he was 15 his brother, James, made the first newspaper. Benjamin took over his brother’s printing company and became really popular in the 1730s and 1740s. By 1749, he retired from the printing business and became more interested in science.

Benjamin Franklin was an excellent inventor and scientist. Benjamin Franklin invented the swimming flippers, the first library, the first fire station, insurance company, bifocals and the franklin stove. He was the first person to experiment with electricity. One day he was flying a kite, then a bolt of lightning struck the kite. That is why he was he so fascinated by electricity.

Franklin was one of the most involved founding father’s. He signed all four founding documents: the Declaration of Independence, Treaty of Alliance, Amity, and Commerce with France, the Treaty of Peace between England, France, and the United States, and the Constitution. Benjamin Franklin was the only American to go to France as an ambassador of the United States. He asked if they could help fight the British. Although Franklin never fought with weapons, he fought with persuasion.

He actually wrote parts of the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin wrote the first draft of the Declaration of independence, but the Founding Fathers did not accept it.  Then another founding father named Thomas Jefferson wrote the declaration of independence that we know today. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington are all the founding fathers.

Another cool thing about Benjamin Franklin is that he is on the hundred dollar bill. Ben Franklin is on the 100 dollar bill because he was the one responsible for the Declaration of Independence which he signed in 1776. Ben died peacefully in his sleep on April 17, 1790 He was 84 years old.

His funeral in Philadelphia attracted the largest crowd of mourners ever known. An estimated 20,000 people crowded around the Christ Church Burial Ground where he was buried beside his wife Deborah Read Rogers Franklin who had died sixteen years before him. The tombstone on their grave said “Benjamin and Deborah Franklin: 1790.”(Ben Franklin: resources for science learning, the franklin institute.

There are many great men in our time, but Benjamin Franklin is the man who made us a country. The man who made so many inventions that we use today. The man who helped come up with the Declaration of Independence. That is a true great man.

 

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