|Religion:||Puritan & Episcopalian.|
|Born||January 17, 1706|
|Died||April 17, 1790 (aged 84)|
Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America and a man of many exceptional talents. Together with Thomas Jefferson he wrote the Declaration of Independence. In the field of Physical Science he worked on the theory of electricity and worked out the lightning conductor among other achievements. As a statesman he helped write the Constitution of the United States.
"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing." ~ B. Franklin 
Franklin wrote well and did very important things. His face is even on the $100 Dollar bill.  His face was also on the US 50-cent coin ($0.50) from 1948-1963, which was later replaced by John F. Kennedy in 1964.
His own illegitimate son William sided with the British during the Revolutionary war.
Franklin and the other members of Congress in the 1770s were admirers of Emerich de Vattel's "Law of Nations" which talked about natural-born citizens, prompting them to include a NBC clause for presidency.