Did You Know? – Benjamin Franklin

By | Jan 17, 2011

Benjamin Franklin, who was born on January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705], once wrote, “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.” He accomplished both.

Franklin is best remembered as being from Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He was born in Boston Massachusetts and for much of the time between 1757 and 1784 he lived in Europe (England and France).

Franklin retired at the age of 46 from his profession of printer and publisher. At this time he could afford to devote himself to other interests of science and ultimately politics.

To aid his older brother, who suffered from kidney stones, Franklin developed a flexible urinary catheter.

Franklin was concerned about the dangers of an open fire in the house. He invented an iron furnace stove, the Franklin Stove, that not only was safer, but used less wood. He also established the first fire company and the first fire insurance company.

Franklin wanting to help the community to have the advantage of reading books, even though they couldn’t afford them, began the first lending library in America. This was in 1731.


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