Appeals: Benjamin Franklin
Gibbon, Joanna, The Independent (London, England)
The facade of 36 Craven Street, London WC2, where Benjamin Franklin (1706-90), the American statesman, inventor, writer and philosopher, lived on two separate occasions for a total of 16 years. The Friends of Benjamin Franklin House are appealing for pounds 400,000 for the first phase of restoring what is now the only one of Franklin's houses still standing.
Franklin, the youngest son and 15th child of a Boston candlemaker, worked as a printer, in England and America, and as a newspaper proprietor before joining political life in 1736. By 1754 he was postmaster-general for the colonies. He began researching electricity and discovered that lightning and electricity are identical. In 1757, on his second visit to England - which lasted five years - he successfully negotiated the right of the province to tax landowners for the cost of defending their land against the French and the indigenous Indians. While living at Craven Street he flew metal-tipped kites over the River Thames during thunderstorms as part of developing a lightning conductor, and he discovered the positive and negative charges of electricity.
His third visit to …
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