Did you know he?
*was the Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge in Pennsylvania at the young age of 28.
*was so wealthy that he was able to retire at the age of 42.
*was the first to propose daylight saving time.
*designed the Franklin Stove.
*was an outspoken abolitionist and President of the Philadelphia Society for the Abolition of Slavery.
*owned his own newspaper- The Pennsylvania Gazette.
*invented the first flexible catheter for medical use.
*printed currency utilizing an anti-counterfeit technique (leaves).
*loved music and invented the glass armonica. He also played the harp.
*established the first subscription library in the world - Library Company of Philadelphia
*helped found the Pennsylvania Hospital
*elected President of the American Philosophical Society
*held extensive real estate holdings
*started the first Fire Department and formed the Fire Insurance Company
*was the only one to sign all four documents: Declaration of Independence, the Treaty with France, the Peace Accord with Britain and the Constitution
*established the first street lights and the night watchmen corps in Philadelphia
*held at one time the largest private collection of books in America
*established with others the Academy for Education of Youth (present day University of Pennsylvania)
*received honorary degrees from the University of St. Andrews and Oxford University
*served as agent for several colonist governments in London
*taught himself 5 languages- French, Italian, Spanish, Latin & German
*has had his portrait on every $100 bill since 1928
*Noah Webster dedicated his first dictionary to Benjamin Franklin and
*20,000 individuals paid their respects to him when he died in 1790.