Short Biography of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was born in Boston and apprenticed as a printer before moving to Philadelphia, where he became a successful printer, publisher, and writer. He also played a key role in the American Revolution and helped draft the U.S. Constitution.

Franklin was a polymath and a major figure in the American Enlightenment. He was a prolific inventor and scientist, and is best known for his experiments with electricity. He also made significant contributions to the fields of geography, economics, and political science. He was a member of the American Philosophical Society and the Royal Society, and his work influenced the development of modern science.

Franklin was also a diplomat and played a key role in the negotiations that led to the Treaty of Paris in 1783, which ended the Revolutionary War. He also served as the U.S. Ambassador to France from 1778 to 1785.

In addition to his political and scientific contributions, Franklin was also a writer and published many essays, articles, and pamphlets, including his famous "Poor Richard's Almanack" which was published annually from 1732 to 1758.

Franklin died in Philadelphia in 1790 at the age of 84 and is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in American history. He is honored on the U.S. currency, and his image appears on the $100 bill.