Benjamin franklin was born in boston, massachusetts on 17 january 1706, the 15th of 17 children his dad was an english tallow chandler and soap boiler who had emigrated 20 years earlier franklin was sent to boston's latin school when he was 8, with a view to being trained for a theological career, but only stayed there for a year. Benjamin franklin postmaster general back on american soil in 1775, franklin was part of his scientific contributions inclu ded a study of electricity and. Benjamin franklin, the most distinguished scientific and literary american of the colonial era, was the first american diplomat benjamin franklin franklin served from 1776 to 1778 on a commission to france charged with the critical task of gaining french support for american independence.
With all of his accomplishments, contributions and innovation, it is hard to imagine that ben franklin only had two years of formal schooling his influence on america is still profoundly evident, and is evidenced in the fact that when he died in 1790, more than 20,000 people attended his funeral. The american colonists that made significant contributions to the development of our country during the early part of our history, we call those individuals the founding fathers one of the most famous founding father is benjamin franklin. —benjamin franklin, speech in the convention at the conclusion of its deliberations, september 17, 1787 franklin returned to america in 1785 and within two years was once again at the center of the effort to define and shape the new nation.
Benjamin franklin and electricity electricity was on people's minds in the 1740s, but not in the way we think about it today people used electricity for magic tricks by creating sparks and shocks. It's hard to overestimate ben franklin's importance to the fledgling united states the founding father helped draft the declaration of independence and the us constitution and brought the french into the american revolution he was a statesman, diplomat, author, publisher, and inventor and. Benjamin franklin was known as an inventor and a thinker he made many contributions to the america we know today, and his achievements are outlined in this timeline.
Social studies curriculum guide gse first grade the focus of this unit is benjamin franklin and his contributions to contributions to the american way of life. Ben franklin was america's first international celebrity his groundbreaking discoveries in the science of electricity in the late 1740's and early 1750's catapulted him from obscure scientific. Benjamin franklin of all the representatives sent abroad to secure aid from friendly nations, no one has equaled benjamin franklin in ability, tact, common sense, diplomacy, and international reputation.
Franklin -- the scientist the following will be a discussion of franklin's major accomplishments and contributions to science and the physical well being of his contemporaries they are listed in no particular order either chronological or importance. Printed in the united states of america may be reproduced for non-commercial, personal or classroom use per permission to reproduce guidelines benjamin franklin. A profoundly influential american, ben franklin's contributions changed the beginnings and future landscape of the united states' political, international, educational, and social life.
Benjamin franklin: benjamin franklin, american printer and publisher, author, inventor and scientist, and diplomat one of the foremost of the american founding fathers, he helped draft the declaration of independence. Brief biography of benjamin franklin in the american revolution benjamin franklin (1706-1790) was one of the most celebrated of america's founding fathers, a man who enjoyed success as an inventor, scientist, printer, politician, and diplomat. The american philosophical society was founded by benjamin franklin in 1743 and is the oldest learned society in america established for the promotion of useful knowledge among the british plantations in america, its membership has included the leading scientists, scholars, public servants and statesmen of this country as well as abroad.
Benjamin franklin was admired on two continents for his scientific accomplishments, wit, unpretentious manners, diplomatic ability, and kindly personality he employed these personal qualities in the service of his country as an able diplomat and as the universally respected advocate of compromise in the critical moments of the early republic. Revolutionary war the fight for american independence is a story of patriots and acts of great sacrifice even some of the most famous heroes have even more to their historic contributions than most people realize. Benjamin franklin's female and male pseudonyms seeing his contributions to the public sphere and to the many historians ofearly america and certainly all franklin.