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Ben Franklin When one takes a look at the world in which he currently lives he often sees it as being normal since it is so slow in changing When a historian looks at the present he sees the effects of many events and many wise people Benjamin Franklin was one of these wise people His participation in so many different fields changed the world immensely He can be compared to Leonardo da Vinci as his versatility is like that of a Renaissance Man Benjamin Franklin was a Renaissance man of the 1700s He was a noted politician as well as a respected scholar Franklin also added as a civic leader and a musician He was an important inventor and scientist He helped to define the century Benjamin did not have an easy start Ben Franklin was born in Boston Massachusetts on January 17 1700 He was the fifteenth child in a family of seventeen children His parents Josiah and Abiah Franklin were hard working devout Puritan Calvinists Since the Franklins were so poor Benjamin could not go to school for more than two years He began an apprenticeship in his brother Jamess printing shop James was the printer for a Boston newspaper so Ben not only learned how to print but he read everything in the shop When Ben was seventeen he left his family and moved to Philadelphia Pennsylvania Ben was on his own and became very accomplished He did a little bit of everything Ben Franklin as a scientist and inventor is perhaps the most interesting Flying a kite in a lightning storm is dumb But the first person to try that dangerous experiment was brilliant Aside from the famous kite experiment Franklin did more The direct effect of Franklins work with lightning as electricity was his invention of the lightning rod News spread about his lightning rod people installed it on most buildings and ships and he
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