Week #23: Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson

I have always been drawn to the simplicity of Benjamin Franklin. Unlike many of our founding fathers, I have considered him to be human and practical. It was for these reasons that I purchased this well-written biography.

The lessons I learn from Franklin are far less spiritual than they are sensible. There seems to me to be an exaggerated Christianizing of some of our forefathers. Religiously speaking Franklin was a deist who believed in a higher power yet relied more upon the will and intellect of man.

My respect for Franklin is largely because of his work ethic and determination to learn new things. The word that comes to mind when I think of Ben Franklin… versatile. Some of the well-documented accomplishments of this great man are:

      • author
      • inventor
      • entrepreneur
      • linguist (he spoke 5 languages)
      • scientist
      • musician
      • politician

Perhaps his most impressive accomplishment is being the originator of the cool signature.


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