Essay on Benjamin Franklin And The American Revolution

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Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston in 1706, as one of seventeen children. Of the titles he holds, Founding Father, inventor, and scientist are just a few. He is perhaps best known for having his face on the 100 dollar bill and “discovering” electricity. Franklin’s father was a soap and candle maker. When Franklin was only 10 years old, he was pulled out of school to assist in the family business. He also worked as an apprentice at his uncle’s printing shop as a young boy before quitting and moving to Philadelphia, where he would live for most of his life.

Franklin had various jobs in Philadelphia until the American Revolution began. He organized the very first fire department in the United States and served as a representative for several states. He was the first postmaster of his hometown of Philadelphia. Later, he became the general postmaster for all of the colonies. Franklin is said to have conducted his “key and kite” experiment in 1752, which, true or not, led to the discovery of electricity in lightning. Without Franklin, we would not have made the many technological advances that we have in the years since his initial discovery. It would be quite a while before electricity was in nearly every home in the United States, but Franklin made it a possibility.

The biggest accomplishments Franklin made were achieved later in his life. He was a member of the Philadelphia assembly and traveled to London in 1957. This was the beginning of his career as a diplomat. Later,…

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