Benjamin Franklin changed the world by helping write the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, negotiating the end of the Revolutionary War with the Treaty of Paris and becoming the first ambassador of the United States to France. He also had notable achievements as a publisher, author, scientist and inventor.Continue Reading
Benjamin Franklin is considered one of the founding fathers of the United States. He was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress and the first postmaster general of the United States. After serving as part of the five-man committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence, Congress sent him to France to persuade the French to enter the Revolutionary War on the side of the Americans. The French alliance with the United States was crucial to America's victory. In 1787, at 81 years old, he was the oldest delegate to the Constitutional Convention.
As a publisher and writer, Franklin bought, wrote and printed the Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper. He also produced the "Poor Richard's Almanac," which contained phrases that are still part of American vernacular. As a scientist, he conducted a famous experiment that proved that lightning is electricity. He created America's first volunteer fire department and lending library. He also invented the Franklin stove, the lightning rod, swim fins and bifocal eyeglasses.Learn more about Inventions
Benjamin Franklin is best known as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States who helped draft the Declaration of Independence. He is also famous for his scientific work with electricity, writing, painting and diplomatic work.Full Answer >
Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod in 1749 while conducting experiments with electricity. Since Franklin’s invention, lightning rods have been mounted on elevated buildings and other tall structures to prevent fire damage and electrocution.Full Answer >
Some of Benjamin Franklin's inventions include the lightning rod, bifocal eyeglasses, the glass armonica and the Franklin stove. Benjamin Franklin is also credited with creating the odometer and the first political cartoon in American history.Full Answer >
Benjamin Franklin’s most prominent contributions during the American Revolution were helping to draft the Declaration of Independence and successfully negotiating an alliance with France. In 1776, Franklin was on the five-member committee that helped craft the Declaration of Independence. Later that year, Congress sent Franklin to France and he gained their support against the English. The French agreed to provide soldiers, supplies and money for the colonial war effort.Full Answer >