Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Who he was:

Lived from January 17, 1706 to April 17, 1790

Founding Father

Inventor of the Lightning Rod, Bifocals, and the Franklin Stove

Member of the Pennsylvania Assembly from 1762–1764 and 1751–1757

Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly from May 1764 – October 1764

1st United States Postmaster General from July 26, 1775 – November 7, 1776

United States Minister to Sweden from September 28, 1782 – April 3, 1783

United States Minister to France from September 14, 1778 – May 17, 1785

6th President of Pennsylvania from October 18, 1785 – November 5, 1788

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Words of Wisdom:

Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.” ~ On Fredom of Speech and the Press, Pennsylvania Gazette, 1737

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” ~ to the Pennsylvania Assembly in its Reply to the Governor, 1755

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” ~ On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, 1766

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