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The Basics:
  • Born: January 17, 1706
  • Lived in: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Discovered: Positive and negative electrical charges and that lightning is a form of electricity (the famous “kite and key” experiment).
  • Invented: Lightning rod, Franklin stove, swimming fins, bifocal lenses for eyeglasses, odometer (which measures distance)
  • Died: April 17, 1790
Did you know?
  • Benjamin Franklin was the first Postmaster General of the United States.
  • He was also a founder of the University of Pennsylvania and started the first public library in America.
  • He spent half his life in unofficial retirement.
  • Franklin became a hit writer as a teenager.
  • He was a reluctant revolutionary.
  • His son was a British loyalist.
  • Franklin was a fashion icon in France.
  • He’s a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
  • Franklin designed a musical instrument used by Mozart and Beethoven.
  • He only had two years of formal education.
  • Franklin created a phonetic alphabet.
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