With Illustrations by E. Boyd Smith. Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass 'armonica'.He facilitated many civic organizations, including a fire department and a university.
Of all the 'Founding Fathers' of the United States of America, Benjamin Franklin left the greatest literary legacy behind him. A noted polymath, as well as a prolific author and printer, Franklin's works span an astonishing array of genres - from his groundbreaking scientific work on electricity, to his maxims and aphorisms on how to live a good…
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