Happy Birthday, Ben! – Jan. 17, 2016 – 310th Birthday

Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin’s Birthday – January 17, 1706

Although never a President, Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and has been dubbed as “The First American.”   He is also featured on the United States currency, the $100 bill.

“A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions.[3] He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia’s fire department and a university.”

 

An inventor, a statesman, an author, a diplomat, politician  – to name a few of his credits — he was also a printer, civil activist and scientist.

 

Read Kathy Padden’s article: 10 Interesting Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Ben Franklin

Included in the article is some of many contributions including creating the first volunteer fire department in America in 1736 officially named the Union Fire Company but more affectionately known as “Benjamin Franklin’s Bucket Brigade.”   He also founded the first colonial insurance company, Philadelphia Contributorship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss By Fire, in 1751.

In addition, Franklin penned several articles on fire safety.  He often offered advice on how to avoid potential fires, writing “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”