The Great Inventor: A Beautiful Mind

For Franklin, bright ideas struck early and often

HIS LIFE AND WORK

Where he lived: --Boston --Philadelphia --London --Paris

Born in Boston on Jan. 17, 1706

Devises swimming fins to make himself go faster in the waters of Boston Harbor

Is apprenticed to his brother James as a printer

Writes "Silence Dogood" essays

Runs away to Philadelphia and takes job as a printer

Opens his own printshop

Writes "Busy-Body" essays. Buys the Pennsylvania Gazette

Publishes the first edition of Poor Richard's Almanack

Forms the Union Fire Company, a volunteer brigade

Becomes Philadelphia postmaster

Organizes the American Philosophical Society

Writes proposal that creates the Philadelphia Academy, later known as the...

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