1. He was what I would call one of the first bloggers aka, Silence Dogood, Caelia Shortface and Martha Careful, Busy Body, Anthony Afterwit ,Alice Addertongue, Richard Saunders, Polly Baker and Benevolus. He most certainly could have qualified as a blogger. Imagine the tweets from him. PBS.org has an excellent explanation of what each of these characters wrote about.
2. He was part owner of the Pennsylvania Gazette at 22 and became full owner 2 years later. He also printed currency for Pennsylvania and Delaware.
3. He is the only person to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain and the Constitution of the United States.
4. He never patented any of his inventions and he had quite a few biggies.. He invented bifocals, the lightning rod, Franklin Stove, the glass armonica (said to be Franklin's favorite), urinary catheter, swim fins for the hands, a simple odometer and the busy body.
5. He is the only person to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain and the Constitution of the United States.
6. He was founding member of the American Philosophical Society.
7. He was a founder of the First Fire Company and Philadelphia Contributionship Insurance Company, Pennsylvania Hospital and what has become the University of Pennsylvania.
8. He established the subscription First Library and was appointed the first Post Master General by the Continental Congress.
9. In 1787 he was elected as first president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery-a cause to which he had committed himself as early as the 1730s. His final public act was signing a memorial to Congress recommending dissolution of the slavery system.
10. Ben Franklin's final resting place is at Christ's Church Burial Ground at 5th and Arch Streets. It is customary to toss a penny on his grave for good luck. The man gave a lot to the establishment and growth of our country. May he rest in peace in the City of Brotherly Love.
One can only assume if Ben Franklin were alive today, the smart phone would be a lot smarter or perhaps the user would have more imagination and their would be an app for that.
That is a Franklin Fact.
Thank you cousin for taking it for Ben and me.
Happy Birthday Ben!