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19 Benjamin Franklin

Page history last edited by Jim T 9 years, 6 months ago

Born January 17, 1706 in Boston, MA

Died April 17, 1790 in Philadelphia, PA


 



 

 

Personal Data

Youngest of fifteen children 

 

Education

Boston Latin School but did not graduate.  Began educating himself through reading.

1753 Honorary degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Yale

 

 

Employment

1726

Clerk and shopkeeper, Denham's merchant business

1731

Creator, Library Company of Philadelphia

1736

Creator, Union Fire Company (1st volunteer fire company in US)

1765-1765

23rd Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly

1778-1785

United States Minister to France

1782-1783

United States Minister to Sweden

1785-1788

6th President of the Supreme Executive Council of PA

1730-1790

Publisher, The Pennsylvania Gazette

 

 

Awards and Honors

In 1727, Benjamin Franklin, 21, created the Junto, a group of "like minded aspiring artisans and tradesmen who hoped to improve themselves while they improved their community." The Junto was a discussion group for issues of the day; it subsequently gave rise to many organizations in Philadelphia.

Franklin received the Royal Society's Copley Medal in 1753 for his work with electricity and in 1756 he was elected as a Fellow of the Society.

 

 

Membership-Professional Organizations

1756, Franklin became a member of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & CommerceHe also joined the influential Birmingham based Lunar Society with whom he regularly corresponded and on occasion, visited in Birmingham in the West Midlands.

 

 

Publications

1776

Assisted in writing the Declaration of Independence

1791

The Autobiography (which was not published until after his death)

1959

The Papers of Benjamin Franklin (38 volumes)

1970

The Writings of Benjamin Franklin

 

 

Professional Interest Areas

Printing, Publishing, Learning, Science.  Taught himself French, Italian, Spanish and Latin

 

 

Major Contributions to Adult Education

Stellar example of lifelong learning. Planned an academy for education which went onto become the University of Pennsylvania, Founder of the Junto and the American Philosophical Society.  Malcolm Knowles has called the Junto, “the only uniquely adult education institution found in this period that has survived into modern times.”

 

 

 

Additional Resources

 

Photo Gallery

http://www.ushistory.org/franklin/pictures/index.htm

 

Video/Audio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Obb2R_zttyE

 

Presentations

http://www.slideshare.net/11allrespe/benjamin-franklin-1074037 

 

Books

http://www.amazon.com/Autobiography-Ben-Franklin/dp/1617430056/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_h?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310738098&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Benjamin-Franklin-American-Walter-Isaacson/dp/074325807X/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310738098&sr=1-10

http://www.amazon.com/Real-Benjamin-Franklin-American-Classic/dp/0880800011/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310738098&sr=1-12

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Richards-Almanack-Benjamin-Franklin/dp/0880889187/ref=sr_1_14_title_1_h?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310738190&sr=1-14

http://www.amazon.com/Benjamin-Franklin-Silence-Busy-Body-Writings/dp/1931082227/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310738404&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/First-American-Times-Benjamin-Franklin/dp/0385493282/ref=sr_1_33_title_1_h?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310738232&sr=1-33

 

 

Interesting Facts

Was apparently quite the womanizer, while his wife, Deborah, seemed to tolerate his indiscretions.

 

The proposed epitaph on his tombstone was to be :  

Here Lies The Body of
B. Franklin
Printer;
Like the Cover of an old Book,
Its Contents torn out,
And stript of its Lettering and Gilding,
Lies here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be whlly lost:
For it will, as he believ'd, appear once more,
In a new & more perfect Edition,
Corrected and Amended
By the Author.

 

Some view this as inferring a potential belief in reincarnation, as he make come back more perfected and amended. Most consider him a diest, rather than a Christian.

 

His actual Epitaph left only his name and dates of birth and death. 

 


References

 

Moreland, W. D., & Goldenstein, E. H. (1985). Pioneers in adult education. Chicago: Nelson-Hall (SU)(BL).

 

Wikipedia. (2008). Retrieved July 5, 2008.  From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin

 

Britannica. (2008). Retrieved July 5, 2008.  From: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/217331/Benjamin-Franklin#tab=active~checked%2Citems~checked&title=Benjamin%20Franklin%20--%20Britannica%20Online%20Encyclopedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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