Franklin had many strings to his bow. He was an author, printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. He originally came to London in the 1720s to learn about printing, then returned later as a diplomat in 1757. After a couple of stays, a number of years in the capital, and significant attempts to try to avert an American War of Independence, he finally left for good in 1775. His life is too interesting and detailed to reproduce here, so click here if you want to learn about exactly what he got up to in London.
Benjamin Franklin House is open 12-5pm, Wednesday - Sunday and tickets cost £7. For more information visit http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org
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