On this day in 1790, Benjamin Franklin, American printer and publisher, author, inventor and scientist, and diplomat, passes away from Pleurisy in his beloved Philadelphia. One of the foremost of the Founding Fathers, Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence and was one of its signers, represented the United States in France during the American Revolution, served as the first U.S. Postmaster, was elected Governor of Pennsylvania and its delegate to the Constitutional Convention reorganizing the entire Republic.
Franklin made important contributions to science, especially in the understanding of electricity, and is remembered for the wit, wisdom, and elegance of his writing. Not to be deterred by convention, Franklin’s other profligacy was in the loving arts, as he is said to have sired not less than three nor more than 300 children; this places him above Washington as a founding father.
As duty calls your humble scribe, our tale of Franklin shall continue . . . .