This is a list of 15 very interesting facts about the statesman Benjamin Franklin. I hope you enjoy the list!
15. Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
14. Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.
13. As a teenager Ben Franklin became an expert swimmer. During the trip he leaped into the Thames River and swam from Chelsea to Blackfriars, performing every kind of feat, under water and above.
12. He was born January 17, 1706 onn Milk Street in Boston, Massachusetts
11. At the age of twenty-two, Ben Franklin was the owner of the Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper. His printing company printed the paper money for both Pennsylvania and Delaware.
10. Benjamin Franklin was the 15th of Josiah Franklin’s 17 children, the first seven were born to Josiah’s first wife – Anne Child, the first three in England, and the next four in Boston where they moved in 1682.
9. Franklin was one of the founders of the Pennsylvania Hospital in 1751, which was the first public hospital in the country.
8. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica’.
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7. Benjamin Franklin went to South Grammar School (now Boston Latin School) for less than two years, however, he became a writer, inventor and polymath through his own reading and studies later on.
6. In 1751, Franklin developed the concept of a subscription library, where members paid a fee and shared books amongst themselves. This system served as the model for the public library system.
5. Ben Franklin taught himself to read French, Spanish, Latin, and Italian.
4. In 1750 he published a proposal for an experiment to prove that lightning is electricity by flying a kite in a storm that appeared capable of becoming a lightning storm.
3. In 1736, Franklin created the Union Fire Company, one of the first volunteer firefighting companies in America.
2. Benjamin Franklin is a prominent figure in American history comparable to Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln and as such he has been honored on US Postage stamps many times.
1. Franklin died on April 17, 1790, at age 84. Approximately 20,000 people attended his funeral.
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