Benjamin Franklin, the venerable elder statesman of the founding fathers, is without peer in the range of his accomplishments. He was a world-famous scientist (the kite/lightning experiment); a prolific inventor (the Franklin stove, the lightning rod; bifocals); a printer and publisher (Poor Richard’s Almanac) and author (The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, the world’s best-selling autobiography). He represented colonial America in Great Britain and the nascent United States in France before and during critical years of the American Revolution. He was present at the crafting of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution! Our text, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, a biography by Walter Isaacson, (Simon & Schuster, 2004), is a lively and thorough account of Franklin’s rise from humble beginnings to being worldrenown. Isaacson, (who has authored biographies of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and others), also includes reflections on Franklin’s accomplishments and reputation up to contemporary times. Please join us in exploring Franklin’s fascinating life.