Benjamin Franklin was born January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was one of fifteen children and the youngest son. His father, Josiah Franklin, was an english-born candle and soap maker. Ben quit school at the age of 10 and went to work at his father’s shop. By the age 12, he became an apprentice at his brother James’ print shop. His brother often mistreated and beat him. Ben learned a lot about printing while with his brother. James refused to publish any of Ben’s writings so, Ben had to resort to creating an alias and write as a girl with the name, Mrs. Silence Dogood. To get away from James’ harsh treatment, Benjamin escaped to Boston in 1723. Ben moved to Philadelphia in 1723 staying at the house of John Read. Around this time was when he met john’s daughter Deborah. He moved to London for about 2 years and when he returned to Philly in 1726, he came to reunite with Deborah who was recently abandoned by her husband. Benjamin and Deborah eventually regained their old romance and they married in 1730. The couple later went on to have 3 children who were, William, Francis, and Sarah. Ben moved back to London on two different occasions. The last time he went back to England in 1764 was the last he saw his wife before she died of a stroke 10 years later. In 1776, Benjamin was elected as the first U.S. ambassador to France. He went to the country to negotiate a treaty for the country’s military and financial support. Franklin was embraced in France as much, for his wit and intellectual standing in the scientific community. With the help of Franklin’s diplomacy, they were able to construct the Treaty of Paris in 1783. This later helped to end the War for Independence. After spending a little less than ten years in France, Franklin returned home to the U.S. in 1785. In the 1740s, Franklin expanded into science and entrepreneurship. Benjamin Franklin conducted the famous kite-and-key experiment to demonstrate that lightning was electricity and soon after invented the lightning rod. One of Ben’s most famous inventions were the bifocals. He also invented the rocking chair, flexible catheter, and the american penny.Benjamin Franklin died on April 17, 1790, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was at his daughter, Sarah Bache’s house. He was 84 years old. Franklin, for a long time, had problems with gout and he suffered from many illnesses over the years. In his will, he gave the majority of his residence to his daughter, Sarah, and to his son, William. He very generously donated his money to fund scholarships, schools and museums that were in Phily and Boston. Benjamin Franklin will have forever have a great legacy. This can be shown that he is on the $100 dollar bill. Founding universities and libraries, the post office, shaping the foreign policy of the fledgling United States, drafting the Declaration of Independence, publishing newspapers were all from a man who never finished school but shaped his life through abundant reading and experience, a strong moral compass and an unflagging commitment to civic duty.