Poor Richard's Almanack In The 18th Century

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“Man 's tongue is soft, and bone doth lack; yet a stroke therewith may break a man 's back.” From Poor Richard’s Almanack in 1740, these are several out of thousands of wise words spoken by America’s greatest Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin. He was among the most famous people of his time period and was one of the greatest celebrated figures in the history of the United States. There are numerous ways in which he achieved these titles but they all amount to the one feature that was constant throughout his entire life, success. Through inventing, writing, conducting science experiments such as detecting the presence of electricity in lightning, and being one of the biggest renowned diplomats during the 18th century, his life would leave a…show more content…
Although Benjamin Franklin dropped out with only two years of formal schooling, most of his education was self-taught and earned him honorary degrees from Yale, Harvard, Oxford University in England, and University of St. Andrews in Scotland. With this intelligence that he possessed, he would achieve many of the goals he set out that would become the cause of why he is so well known, even to this day. Some of these goals included publishing Poor Richard 's Almanack, which contained weather forecasts, astronomical information, poetry, and proverbs, over a course of 25 consecutive years. His fascination in science led to him conducting several science experiments, his most known one being the detection of electricity in lightning. This was a profound discovery that shaped the future of science and brought on his invention of the lightning rod. Later in life, Benjamin Franklin became very involved in government and would be elected into the Second Continental Congress where he would be one of the five men to draft the Declaration of Independence. He was also elected to represent Pennsylvania at the Constitutional Convention, where he would help draft the Constitution. Both of these documents were significant in laying down the first foundation for
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