1. Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706. He lived 85 years.
  2. Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S., was also a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.
  3. Benjamin Franklin organised and was the first secretary of the American Philosophical Society. He was elected president in 1769.
  4. Benjamin Franklin wrote "Fart Proudly", a scientific essay about farts.
  5. Benjamin Franklin published a paper saying America's population growth was so fast, it would surpass Britain in 100 years. This alarmed British leadership and was a factor in their oppression of the colonies.
  6. Benjamin Franklin attempted to abolish slavery already in 1790.
  7. Benjamin Franklin was an advocate of "air baths", during which he would spend up to an hour reading or writing in his house completely naked.
  8. Benjamin Franklin
    invented
    the bifocals eyeglasses
    in 1784.
  9. When Benjamin Franklin invented his own harmonica, it became so popular in Europe that Mozart and Beethoven composed music for it.
  10. Benjamin Franklin made 8 voyages across the Atlantic Ocean and was the first to map the Gulf Stream.
  11. Benjamin Franklin never patented any of his inventions. He reasoned that "we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously."
  12. At the age of 11, Benjamin Franklin invented a pair of swim fins. He was later recognized by his induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
  13. Benjamin Franklin was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 1999.
  14. Benjamin Franklin had a major influence on the emerging science of demography. He was also a pioneer in the study of slave demography.
  15. Benjamin Franklin received honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale universities.
  16. In recognition of his work with electricity, Benjamin Franklin received the Royal Society's Copley Medal in 1753.
  17. Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, begun in 1771 but published after his death, has become one of the classics of the genre.
  18. In 1734, Benjamin Franklin edited and published the first Masonic book in the Americas.
  19. "Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God" was Benjamin Franklin's suggested motto for the Great Seal of the U.S.
  20. Benjamin Franklin had an illegitimate son who remained loyal to the British and fled to London after the war. He stayed there for the rest of his life.
  21. In 1781, Benjamin Franklin attended a concert in which he narrowly escaped death when the opera house caught fire and burned.
  22. Benjamin Franklin's last words were,
    "A dying man can do nothing easy."
  23. Benjamin Franklin lived his life by 13 rules which he called "the 13 virtues." He wrote them when he was 20.
  24. In 1785, Benjamin Franklin was the richest person in the United States.
  25. Benjamin Franklin proposed a phonetic alphabet that got rid of the letters C,J, Q, W, X, and Y, but the American public refused to adopt it.
  26. When the Declaration of Independence was being drafted, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the word "sacred" be replaced with "self-evident" because he believed that the nation should be founded on reason, not faith.
  27. Benjamin Franklin left the cities of Boston and Philadelphia $2,000 in his will, but they could not draw the full balance for 200 years. In 1990, the cities received $6.5 million.
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