What All History Lovers Should Know About Benjamin Franklin

By Trista

While Benjamin Franklin might be best known for flying a kite in a thunderstorm, he never actually flew a kite. Founding Father and scientist Benjamin Franklin was actually afraid of thunderstorms, so he took shelter in a little shed in his yard as his son, William Franklin, flew a kite. Even though it was not Benjamin Franklin that flew a kite, this does not mean Franklin was not part of a breakthrough with electricity during that thunderstorm in 1752. Of course, this is only one of the many interesting facts about Benjamin Franklin. Keep reading to learn more about this one-of-a-kind American icon.

An illustration of Benjamin and William Franklin’s kite experiment. Julian Trubin.