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Topics: Benjamin Franklin, United States Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution Pages: 2 (999 words) Published: November 3, 2014

Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706; he was an author, diplomat, American printer, philosopher, and scientist. He contributed to two different things. They are the American Revolution and the new form of federal government. Benjamin grew up in Boston, with his sixteen other siblings. When he was fifteen years old, he delivered newspapers during the day and wrote articles for the newspapers at night. But, in 1792, James Franklin was in prison for writing an offensive article, and was mistaken under Benjamin Franklin’s name. In October 1723, Benjamin decided to leave Boston because of James Franklin, and all the disagreements he had with him. Then moved to Philadelphia. He was pretty worried and concerned because when he came there, he barely had some money in his pocket. There, he met the governor of Pennsylvania, Sir William Keith, and they became friends. Keith convinced Benjamin to complete his training in becoming a printer, in London. When he was eighteen years old, he worked at two different printing houses. Benjamin Franklin founded the American Philosophical Society; the society was just an organization of the promotion of science, in 1743. Also, in 1744 he invented a stove, which gave off more heat with a reduced usage of fuel. He called the stove the Franklin stove. Another thing he invented was swimming fins, since he loved swimming. He also invented the lightning rod, and received honorary degrees from two universities. They were the Universities of Saint Andrews and the University of Oxford. Benjamin was very good in Mathematics, but was even better in science. Benjamin decided that he was going to sell his printing press business in 1748. He was elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1750. In 1754 he was the delegate that went to Albany to discuss different ways of dealing with the problem of the French and Indian War. In 1757, Benjamin Franklin went to England to petition the king for the right to levy taxes on proprietary lands. Benjamin...
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