ben and me _ben franklin_ by xiaopangnv


									                 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
Birthplace and
                 and sent him to work for his brother
home of young
Ben Franklin
                                  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
are dead
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.
           This simple
           instrument was
           played by
           touching the edge
           of the spinning
           glass with
           fingers. The
           beautiful tones
           appealed to many
Armonica   including Mozart
           and Beethoven.
    If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead & rotten,
either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.
                                         —Benjamin Franklin

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