· Born : January 17, 1706
· Father: Josiah was a candle and soap maker
· Mother: Abiah
· Ben was the 15th child of 17 children
· Ben entered grammar school at 9 and learned to read and write but was not good at math, so his father had him work in his candle shop. After not liking the candle shop he went to work at his brother’s printing office.· Ben was the 15th child of 17 children
· Bens brother would not let him publish in his printing office and came up with a pseudonym Mrs. Silence Dogood and slipped articles under the print shop door that were published
· Ben Moved to Philadelphia in 1723 to further his education in the printing trade
· In 1724 Ben moved to Pennsylvania working in small print shops and published his first pamphlet, "A Dissertation upon Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain."
· After publishing his second pamphlet, "The Nature and Necessity of a Paper Currency," He purchased The Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper.
· In 1730 Ben took Deborah Read as his common – law wife. Their first son Francis was born in 1732.
· 1730’s Franklin collects real estate and businesses, and organizes the Union Fire Company.
· 1732 published Poor Richard’s Almanac.
· 1740’s expands entrepreneurship with the franklin stove.
· 1743 - Daughter Sarah is born.
· At age 42 becomes a soldier in the Pennsylvania Militia, starts becoming interested in electricity around this time as well.
· 1752- Conducts kite experiment to experiment with electricity.
· 1785- Elected to represent Pennsylvania at the Constitutional Convention, which drafted and ratified the new U.S Constitution.
· Died : April 17, 1790, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.