Benjamin Franklin Facts – 85 Interesting Facts About Benjamin Franklin

10 facts about Benjamin Franklin

A paper saying that America’s population growth rate was so fast that it could surpass Britain in 100 years was published by Benjamin Franklin. This alarmed British leadership and was one of the factors for their oppression in the colonies.

Franklin was the first Post Master General of the U.S.

As books were available only to the wealthy in 18th century, Benjamin introduced the system of subscription library, where member paid fee and shared books among themselves.

From 1948-63, Franklin’s portrait was on the half dollar.

Franklin was a man who enjoyed his wine. He kept 1,200 bottles of Bordeaux, Champagne and sherry locked in his Paris home.

Benjamin Franklin advocated “air baths”, during which he would spend up to an hour writing or reading in his house completely naked.

Franklin, as an inventor is known for lightning rod and Franklin stove, among other inventions.

Bifocal eyeglasses were invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1784.

In 1727, Franklin suffered the first pleurisy attack, leaving him quite weak. Franklin died from pleurisy attack.

When Benjamin Franklin invented his own harmonica or glass armonica, it became so popular in Europe, that music was composed for it by Beethoven and Mozart.