Ten fun facts about Benjamin Franklin


Fact 1
In many ways, he was “the First American”.

Fact 2
A world famous polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

Fact 3
As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity.


Fact 4
As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions.

Fact 5
Franklin became a national hero in America when as agent for several colonies he spearheaded the effort to have Parliament in London repeal the unpopular Stamp Act.

Fact 6
An accomplished diplomat, he was widely admired among the French as American minister to Paris and was a major figure in the development of positive Franco-American relations.

Fact 7
His efforts to secure support for the American Revolution by shipments of crucial munitions proved vital for the American war effort.

Fact 8
He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia's fire department and a university.

Fact 9
Franklin was foundational in defining the American ethos as a marriage of the practical values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment.

Fact 10
Franklin, always proud of his working class roots, became a successful newspaper editor and printer in Philadelphia, the leading city in the colonies.


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