George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

Benjamin Franklin

Founding Father, Inventor, Statesman

Benjamin Franklin is considered to be one of the greatest Americans in history. He was a diplomat, inventor, scientist, politician and revolutionary. Coming from working class roots, he apprenticed as a printer to his brother and wrote under a pseudonym: Mrs. Silence Dogood. His brother did not treat him well so he escaped at age 17 to Philadelphia. He became very successful through years of hard work and became the publisher of the Pennsylvania Gazette. In 1765, he opposed the Stamp Act in London and was accused of publishing the Hutchinson letters that showed British negative attitudes toward America. He made small but important changes to the draft of the Declaration of Independence sent to him by Thomas Jefferson and later served as the Ambassador to France.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

”Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

“Lost time is never found again.”

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Franklin invented bifocal glasses, the first rocking chair, Franklin stove and American penny.

Franklin organized the first American library.

Franklin was fascinated by electricity. He flew a kite attached with a key as an experiment in lightning!

Benjamin Franklin’s face is on the $100 bill.