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068 What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?

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 68. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
Answer:
• U.S. diplomat
• Oldest member of the Constitutional Convention
• First Postmaster General of the United States
• Writer of “Poor Richard’s Almanac”
• Started the first free libraries

Explanation:
“Early to bed, early to rise (or get up) makes a man healthy, wealthy (or rich), and wise (or intelligent).” This was just one of the many quotes (or famous phrases) of a man named Benjamin Franklin that are still popular today. Benjamin Franklin, who lived from 1706 to 1790, was one of the most famous Founding Fathers (or the men who were very important in creating the United States).

Benjamin Franklin is famous for many things. He was a U.S. diplomat, which is a person who represents his or her government in another country. Benjamin Franklin was the U.S. diplomat to France. He got the French to send guns and other things to the Americans while they fought for their independence (or freedom) from Britain.

Benjamin Franklin was also the first U.S. postmaster general (or the person who makes sure that the mail gets delivered within the United States). Later in life,
Benjamin Franklin participated in the Constitutional Convention (or the meetings to write the country’s most important legal document, the Constitution). At 79 years old, he was the oldest member there.

Benjamin Franklin loved books. He wrote a popular book called Poor Richard’s Almanac. This book was printed every year and had many different kinds of
information, including the weather, a calendar, poems, and more. Benjamin Franklin made a lot of money by printing Poor Richard’s Almanac and many other books. At that time, books were very expensive and very few people could buy books. So Benjamin Franklin had the idea to create a free library, or a building that would have many books that people could read without having to buy the books. America’s first library opened in 1731 and soon they became very popular all over the country.

Benjamin Franklin is also very well-known for his inventions (or tools and machines that are created for the first time). For example, he created bifocals (or glasses that has two types of glass in them: one that helps people see things that are close, and one that helps people see things that are far away). He also did many experiments (or scientific tests) on electricity.

Glossary

quote – a famous phrase; something that a person said or wrote that has been repeated many times by many other people
* The President’s most famous quote is probably his promise of "no new taxes."

diplomat – a person who represents his or her government in another country
* How many times has the U.S. President met with Brazilian diplomats in the past four years?

postmaster general – the person who is responsible for the organization that delivers mail to homes and businesses within the United States
* The postmaster general said that the price of stamps will increase in March.

almanac – a book that is published every year and has a lot of information, including useful dates and numbers
* Dad bought a copy of a sport almanac that lists scores for all of the major games that were played last year.

library – a building that has many books that people can read without having to buy the books
* Ross didn't want to buy the new book because it was too expensive, so he borrowed it from the library instead.

invention – something that is made for the first time because no one else had thought of it before
* The invention of cars changed transportation forever.

bifocals – glasses that has two types of glass in them: one that helps people see things that are close, and one that helps people see things that are far away
* Many people have to start wearing bifocals as they get older.

experiment – a scientific test; a methodical test to see if something will do what thinks it will do
* The scientists are conducting experiments on rats to see how certain chemicals affect their skin.