1706 – Benjamin Franklin is Born

17 Jan


On 17 January 1706, Founding Father Dr. Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, the Bay Colony of Massachusetts, one of ten children of Josiah Franklin and his second wife Abiah.  He was a newspaperman from a young age, getting his start by writing to his brother’s newspaper under the pseudonym Silence Dogood before developing his own paper, The Pennsylvania Gazette in Philadelphia.  Later he became a Freemason, author, scientist, and a member of the Continental Congress, where he was one of five men selected to edit and revise and create the Declaration of Independence.  In addition, he also too office as the first Minister to France and Sweden and the first US Postmaster General, among other things, before his death on 17 April 1790 at the age of eighty-four.


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