Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Timeline

17 Jan 1706
Birth of Benjamin Franklin
1725
A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity
1729
Benjamin Franklin Prints Currency
1729
First Issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette
1732
First Publication of the Poor Richard's Almanac
1736
Benjamin Franklin becomes clerk of the Pennsylvania legislature.
1737
Benjamin Franklin becomes postmaster of Philadelphia.
Nov 1746
Franklin Studies Electricity
1748
Benjamin Franklin Retires
1749
Benjamin Franklin is justice of the peace in Philadelphia.
1751
Publication of Experiments and Observations on Electricity
1753
Benjamin Franklin becomes deputy postmaster general, a royal appointment putting him in charge of mail in the northern colonies.
1754
Franklin's Plan of Union
1757
Benjamin Franklin in London
1757
Franklin Writes The Way to Wealth
1762
Benjamin Franklin receives an honorary degree from the University of Oxford.
1765
Benjamin Franklin Mediates
1766
Although still a royalist who disapproved of colonial mobs, Benjamin Franklin speaks against the Stamp Act for four hours before Parliament.
1771
Benjamin Franklin begins writing his best-selling Autobiography.
1772
Benjamin Franklin sends letters written by Thomas Hutchinson, lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, back to Boston. The letters mention the necessity of abridging some American liberties, and cause a firestorm in America and London.
29 Jan 1774
In an amphitheater near Whitehall Palace in London, Benjamin Franklin sits silently as he is viciously attacked by the British solicitor-general before the Privy Council for his involvement in the "Hutchinson affair." Two days later he is relieved of his
1775
Upon his return from London, Benjamin Franklin is elected to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, but his long stay in London leads some to suspect he is a British spy.
Mar 1775
Benjamin Franklin Returns from London
1776
Benjamin Franklin in France
4 Jul 1776
Declaration of Independence
1785
Benjamin Franklin Returns to America
1787
Constitution of the United States
17 Apr 1790
Death of Benjamin Franklin
1794
Publication of the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, which is warmly embraced by the self-made men of 19th-century America and leads to Franklin's reputation as the embodiment of the American Dream.