Ben Franklin

Events

Born on January 17, in Boston, MA

January 17, 1706

Apprentice to brother, James, in printing shop

1718

Runs away to Philadelphia, gets job as a printer

1723

Opens his own printing office in Philadelphia, PA

1728

Becomes sole owner and publisher of Pennsylvania Gazette

1729

Marries Deborah Read

1730

Invents Franklin Stove

Approx. 1741

Retires from printing

1748

Kite Experiment

1752

Lightning Rod

Invents the Glass Armonica

Approx. 1761

Invents the Odometer

1762

Helps write and signs the Declaration of Independence

1776

Invents Bifocals

1784

Helps write and signs the Constitution of the United States

1787

Dies on April 17, in Philadelphia, PA at age 84

April 17, 1790