Benjamin Franklin was the quintessential self-made man. Born on January 17, 1706, into a modest family, he received only a few years of education. But he taught himself to write and, after working as a printer, went on to become a statesman, diplomat, scientist and inventor — in short, one of the most talented men in early America.

One of Franklin’s accomplishments came from his love of reading. A staunch believer in free access to information at a time when books were expensive, he and some friends formed America’s first public library. Franklin’s commitment to building knowledge through reading lives on in American Spaces. With over 700 locations worldwide, American Spaces provide welcoming environments where visitors can connect and learn about the United States through multimedia resources.

Benjamin Franklin’s life remains an inspiration. Share his words of wisdom with your friends!

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