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Benjamin Franklin
(1706 - 1790)

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1706 Born 17 January in Boston
1718 Apprenticeship with brother James
1723 Leaves for Philadelphia
1724 Moves to London
1726 Returns to Philadelphia
1727 Founds the Junto, later the American Philosophical Society
1728 Owner and publisher of the Pennsylvania Gazette
1730 Marries Deborah Read Rogers
1731 Founds first Circulating Library, son William born
1732 Son Francis born; begins publishing Poor Richard: An Almanack
1736 Founds the Union Fire Company in Philadelphia; son Francis dies
1737 Appointed Postmaster of Philadelphia
1743 Daughter Sarah born
1747 Begins experimenting with electricity
1748 Retires from publishing/printing
1751 Experiments and Observations on Electricity published
1756 Elected to the Royal Society (Britain)
1757 Travels to London representing the Pennsylvania Assembly
1762 Returns to Philadelphia
1764 Travels to London
1767 Travels to France
1769 Elected president of the American Philosophical Society
1772 Inducted into the French Academy of Science
1774 Wife dies; Hutchinson Letters Affair
1775 Returns to Philadelphia; elected to Continental Congress; submits Articles of Confederation of United Colonies
1776 Signs the Declaration of Independence; presides at Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention; sails to France as American Commissioner
1778 Negotiates and signs Treaty of Alliance with France
1779 Appointed Minister to France
1782 Along with John Adams and John Jay, Franklin negotiates the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain
1784 Negotiates treaties with Prussia and other European countries
1785 Returns to Philadelphia
1787 Elected president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery; serves as delegate to the Constitutional Convention
1790 Dies 17 April in Philadelphia
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