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< Introduction - Benjamin Franklin

  • 1706 , Jan. 17 Born, Boston, Mass.
  • 1718 - 1723 Apprenticed as a printer to his brother James Franklin
  • 1725 - 1726 Journeyman printer, London, England
  • 1727 Founded the Junta, a debating club, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 1728 Wrote Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion
  • 1729 Purchased Pennsylvania Gazette
  • 1730 Married Deborah Read Rogers (died 1774)
  • 1731 Established the Library Company of Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 1732 - 1758 Published Poor Richard, 1732-1747, and Poor Richard Improved,
  • 1748-1758, commonly known under collective title Poor Richard's Almanack
  • 1736 - 1751 Clerk, Pennsylvania Assembly
  • 1740 Invented the Pennsylvania fireplace (Franklin stove)
  • 1743 Proposed formation of the American Philosophical Society
  • 1751 Founded with others, the Academy for Education of Youth -now University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.[/br] Founded Philadelphia City Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.[/br] Published letters to Peter Collinson, Experiments and Observations on Electricity. London: Printed and Sold by E. Cave
  • 1751 - 1764 Represented Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Assembly
  • 1754 Represented Pennsylvania at the Albany Congress
  • 1757 - 1762 Political agent of the Pennsylvania Assembly, London, England
  • 1766 Reappointed as agent for Pennsylvania, London, England
  • 1771 Began autobiography
  • 1775 Left London, England, for Massachusetts
    Elected member of the Second Continental Congress Named postmaster general
  • 1776 Served on committee to draft the Declaration of Independence
    Went to France as one of three American commissioners to negotiate a treaty
  • 1778 Negotiated treaties of commerce and defense with France Appointed sole plenipotentiary in France
  • 1781 Appointed with John Jay and John Adams to negotiate a peace with Great Britain
  • 1783 Signed Treaty of Paris with Great Britain and asked Congress for his recall
  • 1785 Returned to the United States
  • 1785 - 1788 President, Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania
  • 1787 Represented Pennsylvania at the Constitutional Convention
  • 1790 Signed memorial to Congress as last official act as president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery
  • 1790 , Apr. 17 Died, Philadelphia, Pa.

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