- 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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