Daily Quotes: “Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.”

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Thursday, December 22, 2016.

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Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.

Benjamin Franklin

Franklin was a statesman, diplomat, writer, scientist and inventor, one of the most versatile and talented men in colonial America. He has often been referred to as ‘America’s renaissance man’ and was emblematic of the fledgling American nation.

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Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He was the tenth son of soap maker, Josiah Franklin. In all, Josiah would father 17 children.
Franklin served as clerk (1736-51) and member (1751-64) of the colonial legislature and as deputy postmaster of Philadelphia (1737-53) and deputy postmaster general of the colonies (1753-74).
Politics became more of an active interest for Franklin in the 1750s.

This great man founded the American Philosophical Society, the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, Franklin and Marshall College.

Benjamin Franklin’s long list of inventions includes swim fins, bifocals, the glass harmonica, the lightning rod, a library chair, a long-reach device, the Franklin stove, the catheter. The Franklin stove is a metal-lined fireplace.

Benjamin Franklin stands alone as the only person to have signed all four of the documents that helped to create the United States: the Declaration of Independence (1776); the Treaty of Alliance, Amity, and Commerce with France (1778); the Treaty of Peace between England, France, and the United States (1782); and the Constitution (1787).

In addition, he helped to write parts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Franklin died on April 17, 1790 at the age of 84. 20,000 people attended the funeral of the man who was called, “the harmonious human multitude.

He was born an Englishman and died an American.

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.

Benjamin Franklin

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