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Benjamin Franklin

(January 17, 1706 - April 17, 1790)

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 20, 2019
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Inscription.  Benjamin Franklin was the youngest son of seventeen children of a Boston candle and soap maker. His family could only afford to send him to school for two years so Franklin became a self-educated man. His brilliance as an inventor, writer and socialite produced numerous accomplishments and innovations, including the lighting rod, bifocals, swimming fins and the social practice of "paying it forward," none of which he patented. As one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he was a member of the Committee of Five who drafted the Declaration of Independence and was one of 56 men who signed the document. His career as a printer, publisher and author gave him the opportunity to publicize his political social, scientific opinions and accomplishments, making him one of the most famous Americans of all time.

1718
At 12 years old, Franklin began an apprenticeship to his brother, James, who printed the colonies' first independent newspaper. Franklin secretly submitted articles under the pseudonym, "Mrs. Silence Dogood," which became popular with readers.

1726
Franklin created a self-improvement plan
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to shape his moral character and practiced one of the thirteen virtues every week.

1730
Franklin published his own newspaper, The Pennsylvania Gazette. The paper provided a forum for his common sense views which earned him public respect.

1732
Franklin published Poor Richard's Almanack under the pseudonym Richard Saunders. The annual publication was a popular source of folk wisdom and continual best seller.

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1752

Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents, including scientific inquiry and invention. In 1750, Franklin published a proposal for an experiment to demonstrate that lighting is electrical energy by flying a kite in a thunderstorm. In 1752, a Frenchman conducted Franklin's proposed experiment and used a 40-foot tall iron rod to extract electrical sparks from a cloud. It is commonly thought that in June 1752, Franklin and his son, William, conducted the famed experiment with a kite and a metal key in a thunderstorm outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1776
After signing the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, Franklin was sent to France as an Ambassador to gain financial support for the War of Independence. He was so popular that French families hung his portrait in their parlors.

1786
Franklin published Maritime
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which documented many of his nautical observations. It included charting and naming the Gulf Stream. His navigating advice shortened westbound Atlantic voyages by two weeks.
 
Erected by Cultural Trail Indianapolis.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraCommunicationsScience & MedicineWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Indiana, Cultural Trail Indianapolis series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1752.
 
Location. 39° 46.607′ N, 86° 9.489′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is on West Walnut Street west of North Meridian Street, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Indianapolis IN 46204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Susan B. Anthony (a few steps from this marker); Mark Twain (within shouting distance of this marker); Scottish Rite Cathedral (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Edison (within shouting distance of this marker); Booker T. Washington (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Indiana Vietnam and Korean Wars Memorial (about 300 feet away); American Legion Mall (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named American Legion Mall (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 87 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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