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Franklin, Benjamin

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Name
Benjamin Franklin 

Date of Birth
January 17, 1706 

Date of Death
April 17, 1790 

Place of Birth
Boston, Massachusetts 

Birth Family
Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger 

Marriage/Spouse
Common-law marriage with Deborah Read 

Children
 William Franklin, Francis Folger Franklin and Sarah Franklin.  

Education
Attended Boston Latin School for two years but did not graduate

Career
Printer, scientist, inventor, entrepreneur 

Reason for Fame
a founding father of the United States ofAmerica.  He was a noted polymath, a leading author and printer,Satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, soldier, and diplomat. 

Additional Information
Franklin invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer and the glass ‘armonica’. Franklin formed both the first public lending library in America and the first fire department in Pennsylvania.  As a diplomat during the American Revolution, he secured the French alliance that helped to make independence of the United States possible.  

 

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Fast Facts Resources
Wikipedia
Benjamin Franklin:  Glimpses of a Man
Benjamin Franklin PBS