ben franklin Essay
Signer of the Declaration of Independence
ByNader J.- Gotha Middle School, Windermere, Florida.
Benjamin Franklin was a scientist, diplomat, and inventor. He was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston. He was the 15th of 17 children in the Franklin, home. His father, Josia Franklin was married to his second spouse Abiah Folger. He was the tenth son. He entered grammar school from eight to ten years of age. When he became ten hes helped in his father’s business. When Benjamin was 13, his older brother James came home from England with a printing press. Benjamin quickly started using the press to do work for his father and brother. In 1721 James established the New England Current paper. Benjamin would deliver the paper in the day and write some articles to be placed in the paper, at night. In 1730 he married Deborah Read. In 1731 he started setting up what was probably thefirst public library in America, The Philadelphia Library. In 1742 he officially got the authorization from the state of Philadelphia to open the library.
In 1747 he started his electrical experiments with a simple gadget he got from an English man. Later he had a theory that lightning was an electric phenomenon. He also proposed a way to prove this theory. His plan was published in London, then in France. After Franklin studied his theory a little more, he carried out his celebrated kite experiment in 1752. He then invented the lightning rod in late 1752. With this invention many buildings were protected from lightning. He became an honorable member of the Royal Society of London. He became a member of the Society because he improved natural knowledge. He also received the Copley Medal from the Society. He got the Copley Medal for his distinguished contribution to experimental science.
In 1775 Franklin left Philadelphia and was sent to France to ask for aid, in the revolution. The thirteen colonies declared independence from (Great Britain in late 1775, but…