A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
|Born||January 17, 1706|
Benjamin Franklin was a renowned polymath, a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. He was one of the founding fathers of the United States and in many ways was 'the First American'. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove. He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia's fire department and a university.