Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was
born into a modest family, but later became to be one of the greatest statesmen
in the country. He shaped this countryís course of events, which forever
changed the way we live today. Ben Franklin made many contributions to the
revolutionary cause. One could say he was one of the greatest fighters in the

Revolutionary War. Although he did not fight physically with weapons, he
powerfully fought with words. Among many revolutionary contributions, he helped
draft and sign the "Declaration of Independence," he secured financial and
physical aid from France for the war cause, he lifted many laws that were
imposed on the colonies by the King of England, and in 1787, and he signed

"The Constitution of the United States of America." When he met with the
assembly meeting over the "Declaration of Independence," he addressed the
delegates with the statement, "We must all hang together, or assuredly we
shall all hang separately." During the French and Indian War, he supplied

General Braddock and his men with 150 wagons and 259 horses so he could march on

Fort Duquesne. Ben Franklin led a small group of soldiers along with his son to

Gnadenhuetten to build a fort to protect Pennsylvania from the French and Indian
invaders. Within a few weeks, he had three well-fortified forts spaced out over

15 miles and suitable living quarters for the men. If Ben Franklin had not
participated in the politics of the American Revolution, the Americans could
have easily lost the war. When he went to France to secure financial and
physical aid for the war cause, it gave more power to the Americans, which
probably led them to win the war. If he had not gone to England to lift the
taxes, that could have mean that more British troops most likely would have been
sent over to make people pay taxes, which could have lengthened the war. Had he
not participated in the war, it most likely would have changed the outcome of
the war. It was very interesting the way that Franklin came up with and proved
that electricity came from lightning. In 1752, he and his son Billy set out on a
stormy night to prove the electricity was generated by lightning. He took a kite
and attached a long ribbon to the end of it. He tied a key on the ribbon, about

7 feet away from the bottom, and was flying it as close as he could get it to
the clouds. Franklin waited for lightning to strike the kite, which would pass
down the ribbon to the key. Then, it struck! He touched the key, and he felt
that stinging feeling of a shock! He was right, lightning did generate
electricity!! He waited for it to happen again, and he put a special jar around
the key, which will trap the electricity inside. Once the electricity was in the
jar, he touched it and he fell back to the ground. He was right! Soon after the
experience, Ben went to tell his colleagues who had worked on the study with
him. To learn more about Ben Franklin would be a great idea. He was one of the
leading statesmen in the new America and was a historical figure who shaped our
nations history. He was a very bright and intelligent man who could enlighten
anyone in many areas of learning. He was an inventor who came up with many ideas
which are taken for granted today, such as the post office, or the library, or
the fire department, he introduce methods of street paving and lighting, and he
found ways to correct the excessive smoking of chimneys. Not too many people
know of all the things he invented, and most people would probably be interested
in learning about the things he invented or thought of. By reading The story of

Benjamin Franklin by Enid Lamonte Meadowcraft, the reader learns of the things
that Ben Franklin had invented, or the many Revolutionary contributions he made,
or that he signed the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and
helped draft the "Declaration of Independence." The reader would also learn
that Ben was a modest man from Boston who had moved to Philadelphia and worked
up into the highest ranks in Philadelphia and became loved by everyone in

Philadelphia and all of the colonies. I would recommend The Story of Benjamin

Franklin by Enid Lamonte Meadowcraft to third through fourth graders at the
most. This is a very