Benjamin Franklin's hobbies were reading, writing, printing, experimenting, inventing, debating, traveling and being active in politics. One of Franklin's greatest passions was reading, even when he was a young boy. After being apprenticed to his brother, he worked in printing until he was in his early 40s and then retired to pursue other hobbies.Continue Reading
Franklin's first published letters were for his brother's paper. Franklin knew his brother would not want to print his letters, but he loved writing them, so he signed them with the fictitious name of a widow and slipped them under the newspaper door. After several letters were published to much acclaim, Franklin finally admitted it was him, and his brother was jealous.
After leaving his family, Franklin perfected his work in the printing industry, but he retired at a fairly young age to pursue other hobbies. His scientific pursuits lead to a greater understanding of electricity, but he also invented the Franklin stove, bifocals and swim fins. He enjoyed reading so much that he helped to organize the first lending library in the United States. He also founded one of the first philosophical groups. Franklin traveled extensively throughout England and France and also helped the United States work toward independence.Learn more about Modern History
Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals in 1784. As announced in a letter to a friend, he called the new invention "double spectacles." The glasses allowed a person to see far or near, depending on what part of the lens they were looking through.Full Answer >
Benjamin Franklin died of pleurisy on April 17, 1790, in Philadelphia, Penn. The condition is caused by the swelling of the lung and chest linings. It is a complication of bacterial infections, such as pneumonia.Full Answer >
Benjamin Franklin never attended college or university. His formal education ended when he was 10 years old, after attending the Boston Latin School for two years. Franklin pursued self-education for the rest of his life and became a renowned scientist, inventor and political theorist.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >