Did you know that Benjamin Franklin was born today in 1706? He was one of the Founding Fathers of America. He was also an author, newspaper publisher and editor, politician, civil servant, diplomat, postmaster, scientist, inventor and much more. During the American Revolution, he helped to write the Declaration of Independence and was the Ambassador to France. He invented the lightning rod, bifocal glasses, the Franklin stove, and more. As a scientist, he studied many subjects including electricity, ocean currents, the weather, heat transfer, and more.
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(Honestly, Benjamin Franklin was such a complex and fascinating man that it is impossible to write a satisfactory summary of his life and work.)
Throughout his life, he wrote under various pseudonyms. Some of his pseudonyms are: “Silence Dogood” and “Richard Saunders”.
Benjamin Franklin was a fugitive. He was apprenticed to his brother, a printer, in Boston. Around 17, he left his apprenticeship, and ran away to Philadelphia without permission. Later he became a very successful author and publisher in Philadelphia.
During his life, Benjamin Franklin traveled to Britain, Ireland, German territories, Prussia, and France. He met many influential leaders, individuals, and scientists during his travels. He witnessed one of the first hot air balloon launches.
Franklin played the violin, harp, and guitar. He was also an avid chess player.
Benjamin Franklin cultivated his character based on 13 virtues: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility.