Ben Franklin

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Ben Franklin

A Universal Man

When one takes a look at the world in which he currently lives, he sees it as being normal
since it is so slow in changing. When an historian looks at the present, he sees the
effects of many events and many profound people. Benjamin Franklin is one of these people.
His participation in so many different fields changed the world immensely. He was a noted
politician as well as respected scholar. He was an important inventor and scientist.
Particularly interesting is his impact on the scientific world. Benjamin Franklin was a
modest man who had had many jobs in his lifetime. This may help explain his large array of
inventions and new methods of working various jobs. He did everything from making
cabbage-growing more efficient to making political decisions to being the first person to
study and chart the Gulf Stream movement in the Atlantic Ocean. This can explain why many
people, including myself, saw him as a universal man.

The definition of a universal man is one who knows a little on every topic. If this were
so, Ben Franklin would fit the description as one. He knew an enormous amount of politics.
Which would explain why each colony wanted him to represent them in their convention. In
1750, Ben Franklin was elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly, in which he served until
1764. After that, he had been postmaster general, a delegate from Pennsylvania to the
intercolonial congress, and even went to France for their help in wars. In 1766 he was
sent before the House of Commons regarding the Stamp Act, Ben was thought to be behind the
idea. It was there that testimony repealed the stamp act. Not only did he rewrite the
declaration of independence, but he also drew up the U.S. constitution. We have Ben
Franklin to thank for our independence in what we call America.

Before he was a politician, Ben Franklin was also an inventor. When people think of his
inventions, the first thing that usually comes to mind is electricity. However, he did
much more. For example, in colonial America, most people warmed their homes by building a
fire in a fireplace even though it was kind of dangerous and used a lot of wood. Ben
figured that there had to be a better way. His invention of an iron furnace stove allowed
people to warm their homes less dangerously and with less wood. The furnace stove that he
invented is called a Franklin stove. Interestingly enough, Ben also established the first
fire company and the first fire insurance company in order to help people live more
safely. Another great invention was the bifocals. Ben had poor vision and needed glasses
to read. Eventually he got tired of constantly taking them off and putting them back on,
so he decided to figure out a way to make his glasses let him see both near and far. Thus,
he had two pairs of spectacles cut in half and put half of each lens in a single frame.

Ben Franklin, just like most people, had many interests and loves in his life. Not only
did he love science, but he also loved thinking. Ben Franklin's personal ideas about
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