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1. Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706, in a large family with many children.
2. He was an active politician, writer, inventor, founder of a huge number of various public organizations, hospitals, and educational institutions.
3. He is called one of the “founding fathers” of the United States.
4. Benjamin Franklin portrait is printed on a hundred-dollar bill.
5. Benjamin independently studied French, Spanish, Italian, and also Latin language.
6. Benjamin invented a lightning rod.
7. Benjamin Franklin was the first Post Master General of the United States
8. From 1776 to 1785, Benjamin Franklin was the US ambassador in Paris.
9. For many years Franklin suffered from gout.
10. He was one of the three people who signed The American-French treaty of alliance (1778) and the Versailles Peace Treaty (1783).
11. He created the first detailed map of the Gulf Stream in 1970.
12. Franklin was elected a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1779.
13. He also contributed in building first successful fire insurance company.
14. In his own printing house, Franklin printed even paper money.
15. Benjamin Franklin was the founder of the first US public library.
16. He invented bifocals glasses.
17. He loved swimming, in his early childhood he made wings for hands to swim.
18. He published many of his works in newspaper with female names like Polly Baker, Busy Body and many more.
19. Benjamin Franklin founded the Union of the Fire Society, a fire fighting company in America.
20. He participated in the creation of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.
21. He also collected extensive data on storm winds and proposed a theory explaining its origin.
22. He has developed his own time management system.
23. Franklin founded a group called “Junto”, which included his like-minded people who wanted to make changes in society and express their creativity.
24. In the US there is a bridge across the Delaware River, named after Franklin, it is known as the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and connects Philadelphia and Camden.
25. Franklin loved to eat fish but he then decided to become vegetarian.
26. He was very fond of chess and was engaged in music.
27. In 1790, Benjamin Franklin tried to abolish slavery.
28. Benjamin Franklin never patented any of his invention.
29. In middle age, Franklin suffered from obesity.
30. Benjamin Franklin invented odometer.
31. In 1727 he founded his own printing house in Philadelphia.
32. One of his first successful literary works was The Poor Richard’s Almanack (1732-1758).
33. In 1753, for merits in the field of studying electricity, the Royal Society of London awarded Franklin with the gold medal of Copley, at that time the most prestigious award of that time.
34. He could play musical instruments like guitar, harp and violin. He invented the glass harmonic.
35. Benjamin Franklin invented a medical catheter, a chair-rocking chair and much more.
36. Due to weak financial conditions, Benjamin started working with his brother in the print shop at the age of 12.
37. In 1721, Benjamin brother started publishing magazine for which Benjamin wants ot write article but his brother denied to publish.
38. Benjamin secretly published articles from other publishing house and so many of it are famous today.
39. Franklin almost killed himself twice while performing experiments.
40. He appeared on the first US postage stamp
41. Franklin invented mechanical arms to reach the upper shelves of library.
42. More than 30 colonies of the United States have renamed in honor of Benjamin Franklin.
43. Franklin was the first deputy postmaster of North America.
44. Benjamin Franklin National Memorial is located at the Franklin Institute, the most visited museum and one of the oldest centers of science and development of education in the United States.
45. Franklin married his childhood friend, who was called Deborah Read in 1730. They had two children.
46. Franklin owns more than 14 different halls of Fame.
47. The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, which he wrote between 1771 and 1790 (was published posthumously) is considered a classic of the genre even today.
48. He was known as “The only President of the United States who was never President of the United States”.
49. He died on April 17, 1790 at the age of eighty-four.
50. About 20,000 people took part in his funeral.