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Life of Benjamin Franklin

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Life of Benjamin Franklin

Life of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, was an inventor, a diplomat and a writer. He has done many experiments on electricity.

On January 17th 1706 Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His father Josiah was a candle and soap maker and his mother Abiah Folger came from a family of Puritans.

As he grew up he developed an interest in science and politics as well as reading books that were not allowed by his parents such as “The Pilgrim’s Progress”. In 1723 he left home to start working with his brother James in Philadelphia where they opened their own printing shop.

Franklin was one of the first people to study electricity and in this field he made many discoveries including the principle that bears his name (the law of conservation of charge).

He also invented bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer and even experimented with what we now call kites (he called them

Now we will take a look at the life of Benjamin Franklin.


Childhood life of Benjamin Franklin

Franklin was born into a family of 17 children. His father, Josiah, made candles and soap in a shop on the ground floor of their house.

Benjamin’s mother, Abiah, ran the household and took care of the children while also making sure that they were well-educated.

Franklin’s father wanted him to become a preacher but he had other plans for his life. He wanted to be an inventor like Leonardo da Vinci or Galileo Galilei.


Middle age life of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents. He was an inventor, author, diplomat, and scientist. But he also had a few other less-known talents.

In his mid-life years, Benjamin Franklin started to get into the printing business and published his own newspaper called the Pennsylvania Gazette. He also had a knack for making money with inventions like the Franklin stove which helped heat homes in colonial America.


Education life of  Benjamin Franklin

His father was a candlemaker who wanted his son to follow in his footsteps but Benjamin had other ideas.

Benjamin attended Boston Latin School before moving to Philadelphia where he attended the Academy. At school he excelled in writing and mathematics but not so much when it came to Latin or Greek so he eventually dropped out of school at age 12 because his family couldn’t afford tuition fees anymore.

He then became an apprentice under his brother James who ran a printing business that published books and pamphlets for sale by subscription before opening their own printing shop with Ben’s help years later


Benjamin Franklin achievements

Some of Benjamin Franklin’s achievements are:

– The first public library was founded by Benjamin Franklin

– Founding the first fire department in North America

– Founding the University of Pennsylvania

He had two sisters and three brothers – James (born 1710), Jane (born 1714), Sarah (born 1716) and Elizabeth (born 1723). He also had two half-brothers from his father’s second marriage – Samuel (born 1724) and John (born 1729).

Life of Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin inventions 

Benjamin Franklin was an inventor, diplomat, author and a Founding Father of the United States. He has been called “the first American” because he was the first person who signed the Declaration of Independence.

He also invented many things that we use today such as bifocals, lightning rod, glass harmonica and even a musical instrument called Franklin Stove!


Interesting Facts about Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin is one of the most-famous and accomplished Americans in history. He was a polymath, scientist, inventor, diplomat, writer and much more.

He has a number of interesting facts about his life that are worth knowing about.

1) Born on January 17th 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts

2) Died on April 17th 1790 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

3) His father was Josiah Franklin and his mother Abiah Folger

4) He had two sisters named Sarah and Jane

5) He was the youngest son among ten children

6) His mother died when he was just 11 years old

7) At the age of 12, he became an apprentice to his elder brother James who ran a printing business together with him until they split up after 10 years


Death of Benjamin Franklin

Franklin died on April 17, 1790 at age 84 in Philadelphia. He had been ill for some time and suffered from gout and other ailments.

Franklin’s body is interred in the Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia.


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