A true renaissance man
Benjamin Franklin was one of the most influential Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He is the only Founding Father who is a signatory of all four of the major documents that led to the founding of the United States: the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris, the Treaty of Alliance with France, and the United States Constitution. His original wax portrait was made by Madame Tussaud herself.
Franklin was also a world renowned scientist, inventor, journalist and civic leader. Some of Franklin’s most profound civic accomplishments include the founding of the first public library in America, the first Philadelphia volunteer fire department and the University of Pennsylvania.
- January 17, 1706: Benjamin Franklin was born
- 1731: Launched the Library Company, which later became the first public library in America
- 1736: Created the Union Fire Company, Philadelphiia’s first volunteer fire department
- 1752: Conducted famous Kite Experiment
- 1776: Signed the Declaration of Independence
- 1785: Inaugurated as the 6th president of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania
- 1787: Signed the Constitution of the United States
Check out the Presidents Gallery website featuring wax portraits of all 44 Presidents. President timeline and study guide available! Click Here