Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 17066, Boston - April 17, 1790 Philadelphia, was an American polymath, printer, inventor, statesman, and one of the most prominent scientists in the world of the Enlightenment, famed for his discoveries in electricity.
After the death of his wife Deborah, the elderly Ben lived with his daughter Sarah's family. Sarah nursed him as his health weakened. Finally, Ben died peacefully in his sleep on April 17, 1790. He was 84 years old.
His funeral in Philadelphia attracted the largest crowd of mourners ever known. An estimated 20,000 people crowded around the Christ Church Burial Ground where he was buried beside his wife Deborah Read Rogers Franklin who had died sixteen years before him. The tombstone on their grave said "Benjamin and Deborah Franklin: 1790."
7 things you didn’t know about Benjamin Franklin
- He never once sought public office.
- He is related to the famous Folgers's Coffee family.
- He produced the first catalog in the U.S.
- He is in the American Mensa Hall of Fame
- He coined electrical terms still used today. The terms positive and negative, which signify the electric charge, which is another word he defined. He also gave us the word battery.
- He invented a musical instrument. Franklin invented the glass harmonica, also known as an harmonica.
- He spent half of his life in "retirement". With his self-made wealth, he was able to retire from working at the age of 42.