One of the Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 17, 1706. He was a politician, inventor, statesman, scientist, diplomat and so much more. He was the 10th son of 17 children and his Father wanted him to enter the seminary but couldn’t afford it.

Franklin’s ‘Poor Richard’s Almanack’, some of his most famous writings, was done under the guise a poor man named Richard who needed money to take care of his wife. The publication was very successful and some of his most famous phrases where published in the magazine like: “A penny saved is a penny earned’.

It was his study of electricity that brought him international fame but he also invented things like the Franklin Stove, Swim Fins and the Lighting Rod.

Franklin worked on the draft of the Declaration of Independence, while much of the writing is Thomas Jefferson; much of the contribution is Franklin’s.

Benjamin Franklin died at the age of 84 on April 17, 1790 and 20,000 people attended his funeral.