Benjamin Franklin

Statesman, U.S. Congressperson

1706 – 1790

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Who was Benjamin Franklin?

Benjamin Franklin (1706 1790) was an inventor, publisher. scientist, and statesman, who is known as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He was a major figure in the Enlightenment, known as a printer, satirist, political theorist, civic activist, and a diplomat, famous for his theories of electricity. He founded the first public lending library in America and first fire department in Pennsylvania.

Famous Quotes:

  • What you seem to be, be really.
  • They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
  • Little strokes fell great oaks.
  • Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
  • Time is money.
  • Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man happy wealthy and wise.
  • Ambition has its disappointments to sour us...
  • God helps them that help themselves
  • I believe there is one Supreme most perfect being.
  • Nothing is certain except death and taxes.

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Born
Jan 17, 1706
Boston
Also known as
  • Ben Franklin
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Deism
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Boston Latin School
    (1714 - 1716)
Employment
  • Josiah Franklin
    (1716 - 1718)
  • United States Postal Service
    (1775 - 1776)
  • Apprentice, James Franklin Printing Shop
    (1718 - 1723)
Lived in
  • Boston
    (1706 - 1723)
  • Philadelphia
    (1724 - 1777)
  • Paris
    (1778 - 1785)
  • Massachusetts
Died
Apr 17, 1790
Philadelphia
Resting place
Christ Church Burial Ground

Submitted
on July 23, 2013