Most if not all of America’s founding fathers were quite talented: From the popular ones such as Thomas Jefferson (a keen writer and scholar) and George Washington (a humble statesman and tactful military commander), to the somewhat lesser known ones such as Robert Morris (a successful financier and American Army backer).
Yet, a founding father who was perhaps the only prodigy, and quite an influential one at that, was Benjamin Franklin (printer, publisher, writer, politician, diplomat, inventor, and scientist).
Born in Boston in 1706, Benjamin Franklin eventually made his way to Philadelphia at 17 years of age, working as a printer and then expanding to other wide-ranging and fruitful endeavors over the years. This included though was not limited to being a writer and publisher via popular publications such as the Farmer’s Almanac; a scientist who studied and wrote about natural phenomena such as electricity (including the famed kite experiment); and a politician (a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution).
Franklin had a common law wife and three children, which included his son William, who like his father also become a politician, yet ironically, William was loyal to the British throughout the War of 1776 in America.
While Benjamin Franklin passed away in 1790 at the age of 84, he is still with us today, whether it is his depiction on the U.S. $100 bill, references to him in Hollywood movies such as National Treasure, your local public library (one of his ideas), the lightning rod you see atop a barn (one of his inventions) and even postage stamps.
Here are some of the famous quotes attributed to this Founding Father…
It is undoubtedly the Duty of all Persons to serve the Country they live in, according to their abilities.
Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.
It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest.
He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.
A wise, wise man indeed! I think it is safe to say we need some “founding father” types in D.C. soon else our Country may not resemble what great men like Benjamin Franklin stood for.
At *your* service,