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.