Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a man who played a number of different roles. He was, at different times, a printer, a scientist, a diplomat, an inventor, and a writer.
Franklin is famous for a number of reasons. Among them are:
- He is the author of Poor Richard's Almanack. It is a compendium of, among other things, many aphorisms regarding Franklin's philosophy. It gives his ideas about things like how to live a good and prosperous life.
- He was a scientist who did experiments with lightning and electricity.
- He was an inventor who invented a better stove for heating houses.
- He was a diplomat who was important in getting France to help the colonies in the Revolutionary War.
As these varied accomplishments show, Franklin was a man "of many parts."