Benjamin Franklin Facts – 85 Interesting Facts About Benjamin Franklin

Facts about Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Benjamin Franklin died on April 17, 1790, at the age of 85.

Benjamin Franklin was son of Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger and he had 16 siblings.

Candle and soap making was the family business of Benjamin Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin was not only one of the founding fathers of the U.S. but he was also a printer, author, postmaster, scientist, civic activist, diplomat, political theorist, and statesman.

Franklin had only 2 years of formal education, due to financial status of his family. But he continued on self-education and never gave up learning.

Benjamin Franklin after working for his father, he apprenticed at a printing shop owned by his brother James, a painter.

Franklin submitted essays and commentary as “Silence Dogood” when his brother James founded a weekly newspaper called the New England Courant in the 1720s.

Benjamin Franklin offered homespun musing in his essays that ranges from fashion to marriage to religion to women’s right. The letters became hugely popular.

Franklin then fled to Philadelphia in 1723 as he was sick of the beatings he endured, as James apprentice.