Benjamin Franklin: Scientist, Inventor, Printer, and Statesman describes one of America’s leading figures during the American Revolution, discussing his many roles and influences throughout history. After moving to Philadelphia at age 17, Franklin began his journey “without the least Recommendation to or Knowledge of any Person in the Place, and with very little Money in [his] Pocket.” Soon after, Franklin became one of the most dynamic men of the American colonies, publishing Poor Richard’s Almanac as well as several other publications. When not writing or editing, Franklin conducted scientific experiments and established many local and national institutions, including a fire company, a library, and a university. He also provided a guiding hand to Thomas Jefferson as he wrote the Declaration of Independence, then served as the budding nation’s most important foreign diplomat during the Revolution. More than 300 years after his birth, Franklin remains among America’s most beloved founding fathers, making this volume an essential resource for students, teachers, and American history lovers everywhere.
Full-color photographs and illustrations. Bibliography. Sidebars. Chronology. Timeline. Further reading. Notes. Test your knowledge questions. Web sites. Index.
About the Author(s)
Hal Marcovitz works as a journalist and is the author of more than 60 nonfiction books for young readers, as well as Painting the White House. His other titles include Will Hobbs, R.L. Stine, and Bruce Coville in Chelsea House's Who Wrote That? series. He lives in Chalfont, PA.