Friday, January 17, 2014

Founding Father: Dr. Benjamin Franklin

“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.” – Dr. Benjamin Franklin.

In celebration of Dr. Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, here are 10 quick facts about one of our greatest Founding Fathers:

January 17, 1706:  born in Boston, Massachusetts.

1723:  Ran away from home to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1728:  Opened his printing press in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1732-1758:  Published Poor Richard:  An Almanack.

1737:  Appointed as Postmaster of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1752:  Performed the famous kite experiment.

1776:  Became a Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

1778:  Negotiated and signed the Treaty of Alliance with France.

1782:  Negotiated with John Jay and John Adams the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain.

April 17, 1790:  Died at age 84 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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