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Franklin, Benjamin (Ben Franklin)

Born: 1706 AD
Died: 1790 AD, at 84 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Scientist


US diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, and printer


1718 - Becomes printer's apprentice to James, his older brother. 


1724 - 1726 - Lives and works as a printer in London. Returns to Philadelphia to clerk a store.


1727 - Founds the Junto group. 


1728 - Established printing business in Philadelphia


1729 - Purchases the Pennsylvania gazette newspaper. 


1730 - Benjamin marries Deborah Read. 


1731 - Main founder of Library Co. of Philadelphia (1st subscription library in America)


1732-1757 - Published "Poor Richard's Almanack" (under pseudonym Richard Saunders)


1736 - 1737- founds Union Fire Company and is appointed postmaster of Philadelphia. 


1740 - Inventor and eponym of Franklin stove


1754 - Pennsylvania delegate to Albany Congress, proposed Plan of Union


1769-1790 - Founder and 1st president of American Philosophical Society


- Developed fluid model of electric current, consisting of motion of microscopic charged particles


- Proposed experiment demonstrating lightning to be a form of electricity


- Invented lightning rod


1773 - Wrote satiric pamphlet "Rules by Which a Great Empire May be Reduced to a Small One"


1775 - Lives in london and works for repeal of stamp act.


1785 - Returns to America.


1787 - Signs the constitution, becomes a delegate to the constitutional convention


1790 ( April 17) - dies in Philadelphia




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