(January 17, 1706 - April 17, 1790)Benjamin Franklin was the youngest son of seventeen children of a Boston candle and soap maker. His family could only afford to send him to school for two years so Franklin became a self-educated man. His brilliance as an inventor, writer and socialite produced numerous accomplishments and innovations, including the lighting rod, bifocals, swimming fins and the social practice of "paying it forward," none of which he patented. As one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he was a member of the Committee of Five who drafted the Declaration of Independence and was one of 56 men who signed the document. His career as a printer, publisher and author gave him the opportunity to publicize his political social, scientific opinions and accomplishments, making him one of the most famous Americans of all time.
|Placed By||Cultural Trail Indianapolis|
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|Date Added||Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at 11:02am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 572093 N 4403321|
|Decimal Degrees||39.77678333, -86.15815000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 46.607', W 86° 9.489'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 46' 36.42" N, 86° 9' 29.34" W|
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