Benjamin Franklin led an influential life. He was a master of creation. He was a literary genius. Also he became a president. His invents are still used today and everyone loves them. Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706. He was the 10th son of Josiah Franklin and Abiah (Folger). Franklin’s father was a soap and candle maker.
Benjamin’s father had hoped that Benjamin would enter into the clergy but he could not afford for his son to go to school for many years. His love of knowledge made him a great reader, so he read everything he could get his hands on. Franklin worked with his father until he was 12. Then is father decided to have ...view middle of the document...
The governor asked Benjamin to go to London to buy fonts and printing equipment with the promise he would set Benjamin up with his own business. The governor did not go through with his promise to Benjamin. So now Benjamin decided to stay in London for a while. While he was away Deborah Read married another man.
Benjamin returned to Philadelphia and decided to borrow money to start a printing business. His business was doing great, he even had government contracts to fill. Benjamin’s business now was starting to take off.
In 1728 Benjamin had a son William, but no one know who Williams mother was. He then decide to marry Deborah Read in 1730, her husband had run off so Benjamin
could now marry her. Benjamin and Deborah were now running a very successful print shop and a store.
Benjamin also started is newspaper the Pennsylvania Gazette. He printed the first political cartoons, which he wrote himself. Benjamin was devoted to helping people, he put together the “Junto” for young working men dedicated to self and civic improvement. He was a Mason and was socially involved.
In 1733 he started publishing the “Poor Richard’s Almanack”. This was a yearly publication with weather reports, recipes, predictions and homilies. One of his famous phrases was “A penny saved is a penny earned”. Benjamin also helped to put together the first library, at the time books were expensive and very hard to find. He also put together a group of people who formed the Pennsylvania Hospital to treat sick people. In 1736 he organized Philadelphia’s Union Fire Company. One of Franklin’s famous saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, it was his fire=fighting advise. From seeing how a fire could wipe out a family financially, Benjamin founded the Philadelphia Contribution For Insurance Against Loss By Fire. This helped people not to loose everything after a fire. This is still in place today.
In 1749 he retired from business so he could concentrate on science, experiments and inventions. One of his inventions was the Franklin Stove, this would keep rooms in a house warm. Franklin did not take a patent out on the Franklin Stove. In the 1950’s Benjamin studied electricity, his kite experiment verified the nature of electricity and lightning and brought Franklin international fame.
Franklin also invented the flexible catheter, his own version of the odometer, the “long arm”, Armonic an instrument with glass...