Benjamin Franklin

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Birth

1706

Born on January 17 in Boston

Worked in brother's print shop

1718 - 1723

"Silence Dogood" letters published

1722

Published in the New England Courant

Opened own print shop in Philadelphia

1728

Bought and began to publish the Pennsylvania Gazette

1729

Married Deborah Read

1730

On September 1st

Son William born

1731

Exact date unknown

Set up circulating library

1731

In Philadelphia

Son Francis born

1732

Published Poor Richard's Almanack

1732 - 1758

Son Francis died

1736

Due to Smallpox

Clerk of General Assembly of Pennsylvania

1736 - 1751

Daughter Sarah born

1743

On August 31st

Flew a kite in thunderstorm and proved that lightening is electricity

1752

Postmaster of the American Colonies

1753 - 1774

Awarded the Copley Medel

1753

for his experiments with electricity

@ Albany Convention

1754

Submitted plan for union of colonies

Represented the American Colonies in England

1764 - 1775

Wrote the first part of his autobiography

1771

Elected delegate to Second Continental Congress

1775

Signed Declaration of Independence

1776

Represented the United States in France

1776 - 1785

Helped write peace treaty with England

1782

Wrote the 2nd part of autobiography

1784

President of Pennsylvania Assembly

1785 - 1788

Delegate to Constitutional Convention

1787

Death on April 17 in Philadelphia

1790