Benjamin Franklin

Diplomat, inventor, writer, scientist, and Founding Father—Benjamin Franklin can rightly be described as the first “superstar” in American history.

Although his formal schooling ended at age 10, Franklin continued his education through reading. A printer and newspaperman by trade, Franklin garnered literary success with his publication of Poor Richard’s Almanac, a mix of weather forecasts, astronomical information, poetry, and folksy witticisms. The inventor of the Franklin Stove, bifocals, and the lightning rod, he earned worldwide fame for his scientific pursuits, including the Discovery of the Gulf Stream and his experiments proving that lightning was electricity.

An early champion of the American Revolution, Franklin would serve as a delegate to the Second Constitutional Congress, the first postmaster general of the colonies, and the first U.S. ambassador to France. He also served on the Constitutional Convention that drafted the U.S. Constitution. It was said that, at the end of his life, his popularity was second only to George Washington.

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