January 17 is Benjamin Franklin’s birthday!
Benjamin Franklin has a lengthy list of accomplishments, but he is most identified as an inventor, political leader, scientist and writer. Born in 1706, Benjamin Franklin went on to be a Founding Father of the United States, and helped to draft the Declaration of Independence as well as the Constitution of the United States. Franklin’s position was integral to the shaping of our nation as a whole; he was the voice behind many of the principles we uphold as Americans and was responsible for establishing many of the systems we use today.
Benjamin Franklin is credited with founding many universities and libraries, introducing the post office, shaping America’s foreign policy, publishing newspapers, taking major strides for the science community, as well as inventing the Franklin stove, bifocals, and electricity. He died at his home at the age of 84 in 1790, but his legacy lives on through his many contributions to American society and the world as a whole.