Benjamin Franklin – America’s Renaissance Man

Today on Discovery Enterprise in order to help commemorate the two hundred and thirty fourth anniversary of the founding of the United States of America we explore the life of perhaps the greatest inventive mind that ever graced America’s cultural landscape before the birth of Thomas Edison and the arrival of America’s greatest import – the creative technological genius Nikola Tesla.

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His signature appears on all the documents related to the founding of our nation from the Declaration of Independence to the Treaty of Paris which formally ended the American Revolutionary War between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the United States of America.


Franklin was a noted polymath, a leading author and printer, a leading satirist, political theorist in colonial America, 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. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica’. He formed both the first public lending library in America and the first fire department in Pennsylvania.

Franklin earned the title of “The First American” for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity; as a writer and spokesmen in London for several colonies, then as the first American ambassador to France, he exemplified the emerging American nation and embodied the frontier spirit of a young vigorous nation in the making.

So join us today on Discovery Enterprise in our salute to the founding of the United States of America as we honor its greatest son and its one true Renaissance man – Benjamin Franklin.

Modern Marvels – Ben Franklin Tech

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