Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. At the age of 43, Franklin started focusing on science, experiments, and inventions, and soon invented a heat-efficient stove called the Franklin stove to help warm houses efficiently. He later invented swim fins, the glass armonica (a musical instrument) and bifocals.
In the early 1750’s he began studying electricity. His famous kite experiment and other observations verified the nature of electricity and lightning and brought Franklin international fame.
Politics soon became an interest of Franklin’s. In 1757, he traveled to England to represent Pennsylvania in its fight with the descendants of the Penn family over who should represent the Colony. He stayed in England to 1775 as a Colonial representative of several states.
Later, Franklin was elected to the Second Continental Congress and worked on a team of five to draft the Declaration of Independence. Though most of the writing is Thomas Jefferson’s, most of the contribution is Franklin’s. In 1776 Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence, and then sailed to France as an ambassador to the Court of Louis XVI.
Franklin died on April 17, 1790 at the age of 84, and 20,000 people attended the funeral. These quotes represent his electric personality.
Benjamin Franklin Quotes
“Having been poor is no shame, being ashamed of it is.”
Quotes About Benjamin Franklin
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