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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 17, 1706. Franklin was an American author, printer, inventor, scientist, publisher, printer, and diplomat. He was one of the founding fathers of the United States.

He invented the Franklin stove, a heater for houses. At the age of 12 Benjamin sold soap with his father on the streets. Benjamin helped his dad make candles in his candle shop. He signed a contract to be his brother's apprentice at the print shop until he was 21 years old. He only attended school between the ages of 8 and 10 because his parents were poor and needed him to work. He ran away from his home when he was 15 because his brother, James, told him that he was making mistakes at his printing job. He invented glasses that allowed people to see far distances and read. Franklin helped negotiate a treaty to end the Revolutionary War. He helped to set up the first hospitals, fire departments, public libraries and post offices. He used a kite and a key to see if lightning was electric. He invented electricity. He invented a string that would automatically lock his door while he laid in bed. He used to write letters to his brother's paper under the name Silence DoGood. Franklin invented the lightning rod.

Benjamin Franklin married a woman named Deborah Read in 1730 in Philadelphia. Franklin was a delegate to the Continental Congress from Pennsylvania (1785-88), and helped to write the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin died April 17 in Philadelphia at the age of 84.

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