Person Male Born 6/1/1706 Died 17/4/1790
Natural philosopher, writer, revolutionary politician and inventor. Born Boston Massachusetts. Spent 1724-1726 in London working in the printing business and wrote a pamphlet. A keen swimmer, he often swam in the Thames. Was in London again, 1757-62 staying at 7 Craven Street, petitioning the British authorities on behalf of the Pennsylvania assembly. In London again, 1764-75, to petition king George III. 1783 signatory to the Treaty of Paris. Owned as many as 7 slaves but later became an outspoken critic of slavery.
Quote: "Nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes." Invented: a heat-efficient stove - the "Franklin", bifocal glasses and swimming flippers. Died in Philadelphia.