Benjamin Franklin

 

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

 

 

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 April 17, 1790) was one of the most important Founders and early political figures and statesmen of the United States. Considered the earliest of the Founders, Franklin was noted for his curiosity, ingenuity and range of interests. His wit and wisdom is proverbial to this day. More than anyone he shaped the American Revolution despite never holding national elective office. As a leader of the Enlightenment he had the attention of scientists and intellectuals all across Europe. As agent in London before the Revolution, and Minister to France during, he more than anyone defined the new nation in the minds of Europe. His success in securing French military and financial aid was decisive for American victory over Britain. He invented the lightning rod; he invented the notion of colonial unity; he invented the idea of America; historians hail him as the "First American".

The city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will mark Franklin's 300th Birthday in January 2006, with a wide array of exhibitions, and events citing Franklin's extraordinary accomplishments throughout his illustrious career.

 

Ben was born in Boston, Massachusetts.  He became a newspaper editor, printer, and merchant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, becoming very wealthy. He spent many years in England and published the famous Poor Richard's Almanack and Pennsylvania Gazette. He formed both the first public lending library and fire department in America as well as the Junto, a political discussion club.

If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.

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Franklin's Kite

When Franklin flew his famous kite

And drew the lightning's fire,

Coaxing from thunderclouds the bright

Sparks on his "pointed wire,"

I wonder if he visioned how

Electricity

Would be the servant it is now

Of domesticity!

Ben Franklin could not "plug it in"

And get his coffee boiling;

Nor start the toaster with a grin,

Then go back to his toiling'

Good Madame Franklin did not use

The "current" for her cleaning;

Nor dreamed that "Monday Wash Day Blues"

Ben's "find" would rob of meaning.

Wherefore, as we turn on the light

Which sends the shadows fleeting

Or press a button when at night

We feel it's time for eating,

Let's honor early scientist Ben-

His kite amid the thunder-

Since, but for pioneering then,

Would there be an age of wonder?

~Clarence M. Lindsay

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Mistakes

I like to hear what Franklin did

When he was just a boy-

Spent all his birthday pennies for

A little penny toy.

I like to know what great men, too,

When they were sound like me,

Sometimes made as bad mistakes

As mine turn out to be.

They learned a lot from their mistakes

And later on won fame.

Perhaps, if I try very hard,

I can do the same.

~Clara G. Cornell

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Benjamin

Inventor-Politician

An American statesman,

A patriot and diplomat

A writer

A scientist

Poetry

Printing

Politics

Sharing ideas freely

Using his imagination

To help others

Signed the Declaration of Independence

and

The Constitution of the United States

The Franklin Stove, bifocal eyeglasses, and the lightning rod,

"Early to bed, and early to rise,

makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

Franklin

~Susan R. Stein

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Ben Franklin: A Man of Many Talents ~ By by Alexander, Dana, Max & Samantha
2nd Grade - Pocantico Hills School 

PBS Ben Franklin

Highlights of his life and work

CIA Kids: A Spy

Discovery: Ben's Timeline

Enchanted Learning: Inventor

Franklin Court: Kids Corner