Ben Franklin- 15th child out of 17
children was born to a poor candle-
maker. Ben was enrolled in school
at the age of 8. He learned reading
and writing for two years but was
not a good math student. His father,
sensing that Ben might not make
much of himself with such low
math skills, pulled him out of school
and sent him to work for his brother
home of young
The actual press
As apprentice printer (James used by Ben
was the master printer) Ben had Franklin in
to sign a contract with his James’ printing
brother that forced him to work shop.
for nine years. Wages were
terrible and the work was very
Poor Richard's 1733 Almanack
Benjamin Franklin's First Almanack
Excerpts from Franklin's 1733
He's a Fool that makes his Doctor his
He that lies down with Dogs, shall rise
up with fleas
Three may keep a Secret, if two of them
As postmaster, Ben had to figure out routes for
delivering the mail. He went out riding in his
carriage to measure the routes and needed a way to
keep track of the distance. He invented a simple
odometer and attached it to his carriage. This made
the postal service much faster and more reliable.
Franklin proved the old adage "Necessity is the Mother of Invention" with his
creation of the bifocal lens. Unfortunate enough to be both myopic (near-sighted)
and hyperopic (far-sighted), Franklin was frustrated that he had to constantly switch
his pairs of glasses, depending on what he was trying to focus on. He longed for the
ability to see both near and far with a single frame. In order to accomplish this,
Benjamin had the lenses of two pairs of spectacles cut in half and put half of each
lens in one sole frame. Today, millions of individuals take advantage of Franklin's
bifocals, giving people a convenient way in which to correct their vision for both
distance and reading.
The Franklin Stove- a
cast iron insert that cut
down drafts and chimney
fires. It kept more of the
heat in the house rather
than going up the
When in the Course of human events, it
becomes necessary for one people to dissolve
the political bands which have connected them
with another, and to assume among the powers
of the earth, the separate and equal station to
which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God
entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of
mankind requires that they should declare the
causes which impel them to the separation.
He invented the armonica.
He invented the rocking chair.
He invented the street lamp.
He was the first political cartoonist.
He was the best swimmer of his time.
He originated the first circulating library.
He discovered the Gulf Stream.
He invented the lightning conductor.
He is the originator of Daylight Saving Time.
He introduced newspaper carrying by mail.
He first charted the course of northeast storms.
He originated the first street-cleaning department.
He discovered the identity of lightning and electricity.
He invented commercial advertising.
He was the inventor of double spectacles.
He was the first to discover that exhaled air is poisonous.
He gave the first explanation of the Aurora Borealis.
He is the father of modern dentistry.
He organized the first fire department.
He was the founder of the Democratic party.
He established the modern post-office system.
He invented the Franklin stove.
He was the first to use illustrations in advertising.
He was a pioneer of the modern voting system for Congress.
He was the first man to understand the nature of a cold.
He originated the first system of ventilation.
touching the edge
of the spinning
appealed to many
Armonica including Mozart
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead & rotten,
either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.