Who is Benjamin Franklin?

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Who is Benjamin Franklin?

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Fri, 07/22/2011 - 15:43

Benjamin Franklin was one of the greatest American citizens who ever lived.  Benjamin Franklin was a writer, inventor, scientist, statesman, printer, philosopher, musician, and economist. He was one of the founding fathers of America.

Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 17, 1706. He studied at the Boston Latin School.  At a young age, he worked as a printer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Benjamin Franklin published the Poor Richard's Almanack.

Benjamin Franklin was credited for inventing the Franklin stove, bifocal eyeglasses, the lightning rod, rocking chair, a carriage odometer, and the glass armonica.  He was also known for his experiments in electricity. He founded the American Philosophical Society in 1743.  Benjamin Franklin was also the first Postmaster General of the United States and founded the first public library.

As a founding founder of America, Benjamin Franklin was a member of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  Benjamin Franklin was also the only founding father of America who signed all four major documents of the founding of the United States, including the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris, the Treaty of Alliance with France, and the United States Constitution.  For accomplishing these tasks, Benjamin Franklin was called "the only President of the United States who was never President of the United States."

Benjamin Franklin died at the age of 84 on April 17, 1790.  Some 20,000 people attended his funeral and he was interred at Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia.

Although he was not a US president, Benjamin Franklin's image was featured on the 100 US dollar bill. Benjamin Franklin was also featured on half-dollar coin, which was minted from 1948 to 1963.