Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Happy Birthday Ben!

Yup - Today is Ben Franklin's birthday.
Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He was the tenth son of soap maker, Josiah Franklin. Benjamin's mother was Abiah Folger, the second wife of Josiah.
Among other things, he was a writer, inventor, printer, statesman, activist, and philosopher. Franklin died on April 17, 1790 at the age of 84. He was well liked and well known. 20,000 people attended his funeral. Many called him "the harmonious human multitude."

He is known for his wisdom which he has left for us in his many quotes. I believe that my husband, a brewmaster in his own right, probably likes this quote best:
"Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy."
These are my favorites:
They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.
- Benjamin Franklin, writing as Silence Dogood, No. 8, July 9, 1722

We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin (attributed), at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
A timeline of his life is here.