Benjamin Franklin – The birthplace of the “First American” in Boston

A polymath, he was writer, printer, politician, scientist, inventor and diplomat. Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions.

Franklin’s birthplace on Milk Street by editor and publisher, Moses King 

Benjamin Franklin was born on Milk Street, in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1706, and baptized at Old South Meeting House. He was born in this house and lived there for 6 years with his father Josiah Franklin, mother Abiah Folger and his 16 siblings. Benjamin was the 15th and youngest son. He lived with his family until 1723. He was 17 years old when he decided to leave to Philadelphia.

The current building that stands on 17 Milk Street is not the original where Franklin was born. The building was destroyed by fire in 1811 making room for the building that stands today. On the second floor on facade of the building a bust of Franklin was erected commemorating his birth. The inscription on the wall reads “Birthplace of Franklin” / Image source

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