January 17, 2009

Happy Birthday, Ben

January 17 is the birthday of Benjamin Franklin who was born in 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts, but his adopted home was Philadelphia.

His many accomplishments as printer, scientist, and statesman are particularly remarkable when considered in the context of colonial North America. A spirit of pragmatic innovation imbued all of Franklin's intellectual, social, and scientific pursuits. He dedicated himself to the improvement of everyday life for the widest number of people and, in so doing, made an indelible mark on the emerging nation.