Benjamin Franklin (born January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts, † April 17, 1790 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a North American printer, publisher, writer, scientist, inventor and statesman.
As one of the founding fathers of the United States, he participated in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence of the United States and was one of its signatories. During the American Revolution, he represented the United States as a diplomat in France and negotiated the treaty of alliance with both the French and the Treaty of Paris ended the American Revolutionary War. As a delegate to the Philadelphia Convention, he participated in drafting the American Constitution.
Franklin’s life was greatly influenced by the desire to promote the community. The establishment of the first voluntary fire brigades in Philadelphia, the first lending library in America and the construction of a particularly effective and low-smoke wood stove are examples of his efforts, the quality of life and educational opportunities to improve his fellow man. His scientific discoveries were entirely in the service of utility. With the invention of the lightning rod, he managed to take one of the most threatening natural phenomena by then the horror.
The son of a soap and candle maker, Benjamin Franklin was first a career as a printer before joining at the age of 42 years retired from business and went into politics. His social ascent was – transported through its many editions printed in autobiography – a long time as a prime example of how you can work up their own efforts and discipline.