Benjamin Franklin, born on January 17, in 1706, not only was a world-renowned statesman, inventor, and scientist, but also was fascinated by agriculture and father of the modern almanac. To celebrate his birthday, here are some facts and quotes about the great man. Happy Birthday, Ben!
Father of the Modern Almanac
Benjamin Franklin’s portrait is on the front of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, as we honor Ben as the father of the modern almanac. He published Poor Richard’s Almanack in the American colonies from 1732 to 1758. Though there were many almanacs at the time, Franklin’s almanac was a best-seller, thanks to his wit and wisdom.
The portrait of Benjamin Franklin was added to the cover of The Old Farmer’s Almanac in 1851, appearing opposite the portrait of founder Robert B. Thomas.
Did You Know …
- A man named Benjamin is thought to be generous and intelligent.
- Benjamin Franklin has been honored in 14 different halls of fame.
- Benjamin Franklin was one of 17 children.
- Benjamin Franklin invented an odometer and swim fins.
Source: Smithsonian National Portait Gallery
Words of Wisdom from Ben Franklin and his Almanack
• “Make haste slowly.”
• “The best investment is in the tools of one’s own trade.”
• “He that teaches himself hath a fool for a master.”
• “An egg today is better than a hen tomorrow.”
• “Think of these things: whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.”
• “Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments.”
• “None but the well-bred man knows how to confess a fault, or acknowledge himself in an error.”
• “The discontented man finds no easy chair.”