BenBenjamin Franklin

 

It is our hope that each child at a Franklin School will become a student of our school's namesake, Benjamin Franklin.  From time to time, students have an opportunity to share with others interesting facts about this most remarkable man.  Just a few of the facts surrounding his life are included below:

 

 

  • He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 17, 1706.
  • He attended school for only 2 years until the age of 10.
  • He continued his studies on his own and learned 5 foreign languages.
  • He served as an apprentice to his older brother and learned the art of printing.
  • He published the Pennsylvania Gazette.
  • He married Deborah Read in 1730, and they had 3 children.
  • He was the only person to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain, and the Constitution of the United States.
  • He was the oldest delegate to the Constitional Convention.
  • He published Poor Richard's Almanac.
  • He was one of the first men to experiment with electricity and invented the lighting rod.
  • He died April 17, 1790, and was buried in Philadelphia.