One of America’s most influential Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, died at his home in Philadelphia on April 17, 1790 at the age of 84.
Born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin was a true Renaissance Man. Some of his vocations included: author, printer, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, civil activist, statesman, and diplomat. He is credited with the invention of the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin Stove among other things.
During his life, Benjamin Franklin facilitated the organization of a local fire department and the University of Pennsylvania. He was elected as the very first president of the American Philosophical Society and became a famous advocate against slavery. Franklin signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and spearheaded many important civil reforms during his lengthy political career.
Benjamin Franklin embodied the principles that America was founded upon and was loved and revered by all who knew him. When his death came in 1790, there were over 20,000 people in attendance at his funeral.