Saturday, July 05, 2008

Independence Day & Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Of all the signers, he's the one I'm most curious about. He also intrigues my husband, to the point that we've found books to read about him.

First, here's some Independence Day Fun.

Now, back to Benjamin Franklin.

He was born on January 17, 1706. And, died April 17, 1790.

He said, ''Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.''

Did you know that when Benjamin was 16, he experimented with begin a vegan so that he could save money to buy more books?

You know that he experimented with electricity and developed various inventions including the famous kite and lightning experiment. But did you know that at the age of 17 he left home and became a printer?

Later in his life he also served as ambassador to France, successfully securing French support for the newly formed United States.

Benjamin Franklin was a true hero in history and our nation's Renaissance Man.

You can find out more about Benjamin Franklin by visiting these sites:

Fast Facts About Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin Quick Facts
Quick Biography of Benjamin Franklin
Interesting Facts
Benjamin Franklin


Anonymous said...

Interesting stuff on our old friend Benjamin. He was quite the well rounded man--in every sense of the phrase. How lucky for our country that he was born when and where he was. What an influential, remarkable human being!

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading about our former presidents. I don't have time to do much research about them, so it is nice to read this blog. Maybe you could do one on each president. I would come back and read each one. Might end up a book for you!

Vicki M. Taylor said...

He was such a great man. I really wish I knew him.