Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin - Life and Demographics


  • NAME: Benjamin Franklin
  • OCCUPATION: Inventor, Political Leader, Scientist, Writer
  • BIRTH DATE: January 17, 1706
  • DEATH DATE: April 17, 1790
  • EDUCATION: Boston Latin School
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Boston, Massachusetts
  • PLACE OF DEATH: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Benjamin Franklin organized the United States’ first lending library and volunteer fire department. His scientific pursuits included investigations into electricity, mathematics and mapmaking. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.S Constitution, and negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which marked the end of the Revolutionary War.