Timeline Description: Benjamin Franklin was known as an inventor and a thinker. He made many contributions to the America we know today, and his achievements are outlined in this timeline.
Benjamin was born in Boston, MA.
|1717||His first invention
An 11 year old Benjamin invented a pair of fins to wear on his hands while he swam.
|1720||A love for learning
Benjamin loved reading and studying so much that he gave up lots of other activities to give him more time to learn. He even gave up church!
Benjamin gave up eating meat so that it would save him money to buy more books.
Benjamin began work as a printer, printing the newspapers and books he loved so much.
|1728||His first publication
Benjamin had his first paper published. It was titled "Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion", and many others papers followed.
|1729||Paper money (1729 and 1736)
In 1729 Benjamin wrote a paper on the need for paper money in the colonies. In 1736 he printed his first run of paper money for New Jersey.
|1737||The First Postmaster
Benjamin was appointed as the first Postmaster of Philadelphia.
Benjamin started his first of many electrical experiments.
|1747||An electrical tube
Benjamin's friend, Peter Collinson, from London sent him the item known as the electrical tube. It helped strengthen Benjamin's resolve to find electricity.
Benjamin conducts his famous kite and electricity experiment. He tied a key to a kite, and he flew it in a lightning storm.
|1753||Joint Postmaster General
Benjamin was appointed the joint Postmaster General of North America. He later mapped out all the mail routes in the colonies.
|1776||The Declaration of Independence
Benjamin Franklin helped write the Declaration of Independence.
Benjamin invented the bifocal glasses, which allowed a person to see clearly up close or far away.
Benjamin died at the age of 84. He contributed to the founding of public schooling, the money system, religious institutions, the American government, and more-he will never be forgotten.