*Charles River Editors’ original biography
*The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin with an introduction from Harvard Classics’ Volume I
Before the United States of America even existed, the first American celebrity was Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). In his career, Franklin was an author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. After having his hand in all kinds of community service in Philadelphia, and inventing important devices like lightning rods, Franklin used his unique status as an international celebrity to become the colonies’ best diplomat, first as an ambassador to Britan and then as an ambassador to France during the American Revolution. Franklin was particularly revered in Enlightened France, where he skillfully negotiated French entry into the Revolutionary War in a manner that practically bankrupted them, a critical step that helped the colonists win their independence. After negotiating the Treaty of Paris, Franklin played a role at the Constitutional Convention in his adopted home town of Philadelphia during the twilight of his life.
Like other Founding Fathers, Franklin’s lengthy career and magnificent exploits have been heavily embellished, to the point that some of the myths of Franklin’s life are better known than the man himself. The Life of Benjamin Franklin looks at the incredible life and works of the “First American”, including an original biography of the life and legacy of Franklin and his own autobiography. The Life of Benjamin Franklin also includes a Table of Contents and pictures depicting Franklin and other important people and events in his life.