FACTS ABOUT BEN FRANKLIN
1. Benjamin Franklin wanted to abolish slavery in the United States.
2. Franklin was the oldest member of the Constitutional Convention. He was 70 years old at the time of the convention.
3. When he was 12 years old, he started working for his half-brother as a printer's apprentice. Later he became an editor, writer, and newspaper owner. He bought the Pennsylvania Gazette with a partner. It was the first newspaper to include a political cartoon.
4. Josiah Franklin, his father, was a soap and candle maker. He had 17 children. Abiah Folger, his mother, was Josiah's second wife. Benjamin was Josiah's 15th child and Abiah's 8th child.
5. Franklin spoke six languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, and German.