Whats the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean FritzA fun historic tale by Newbery Honor-winning author, Jean Fritz!
No matter how busy he was, Ben Franklin always found time to try out new ideas: a remote-control lock (so he could lock his door without getting out of bed), a rocking chair with a fan over it (to keep flies away), and a windmill (to turn his roast meat on its spit). Aside from being a mad of ideas, he was an ambassador to England, a printer, an almanac maker, a politician, and even a vegetarian (for a time, anyway).
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Benjamin Franklin was a Founding Father and a polymath, inventor, scientist, printer, politician, freemason and diplomat. Franklin helped to draft the Declaration of Independence and the U. His scientific pursuits included investigations into electricity, mathematics and mapmaking. Franklin was born on January 17, , in Boston, in what was then known as the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Franklin was his 15th child and youngest son. James grew angry, however, when he learned that his apprentice had penned the letters.
Benjamin Franklin January 17, — April 17, , known as "the First American," was an American statesman whose efforts were critical to the success of the American Revolution and the unification of the 13 colonies into a new nation. Serving as the American minister to France along with John Adams , he secured decisive military and financial support during the Revolution, while asserting the values of democracy and republicanism. He assisted Thomas Jefferson in writing the Declaration of Independence in and helped legitimize the U. Constitution in His effective diplomacy, creative nationalism, promotion of civic virtue and devotion to republicanism earned him high rank as a Founding Father. Franklin was also a world class scientist during The Enlightenment, famed for his discoveries in electricity and his invention of the lightning rod.
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View All Announcements. A common mistake made by many is the assumption that Benjamin Franklin was President of the United States. The fact is, unlike his contemporaries George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams , Franklin never held the office of the presidency. Among his many other talents, Benjamin Franklin was a skilled chess player. When his brother refused, Ben assumed a false identity of a widow named Silence Dogood and subsequently started writing letters in her name.
Benjamin Franklin January 17, — April 17, was an American statesman. He has also been known as "the First American". He was a very important person in the American Revolution and helped make the Thirteen Colonies one nation. As a leader of the Enlightenment , he influenced European scientists. He even was the first thing many Europeans associated with America at the time. His successful diplomacy in France was an important factor in the United States' win over Great Britain.