Ben Franklin was a man of many ideas. He was able to come up with hundreds of inventions
which played big roles at that time and for the future. He greatly affected the lives of many
people around the world at that time period and at this time period with the things that he had
One of Ben Franklin’s greatest inventions was the Franklin stove. He took the model of
the old stove and made it even better and more energy sufficient. The people of Philadelphia
wanted the Franklin stove for two main reasons. The first reason is it gave off two times more
heat than the old wood burning stoves. The second reason is it used one half the energy required
for the old wood burning stoves(Cousins 88). This means that people didn’t have to chop down
as many trees and split as much wood. They were able to used the wood for more useful things
than just burning it. Ben wrote, ”Since wood has become so expensive, any new proposal for
saving the wood may at least be worth consideration”(Parker 13). They could use wood to build
house or any other kinds of building or structures. They could also used the extra wood to build
furniture and other things for the inside of their houses. Also there would be a lot of extra wood
because less wood was required for burning. It was also was a lot less dangerous because it was
a closed flame rather than an open fire. Ben found out that the women in his family that stayed
home each day, did not get as many cold and toothaches as they used to(Cousins 89). “Soon
every women in Philadelphia wanted a Franklin stove”(Cousins 89).
“The Pennsylvania authorities were very pleased. They offered Franklin the
patent for his design of the stove. This meant that he could earn money for every
Franklin stove made. He refused saying that he was glad to be able to serve others.”
This was a truly great inventions for the people of that time and the present. During that
time, wood burning was everyone’s source of heat, now there are many sources of heat. People
still burn wood and it is probably the cheapest way to heat a house. Many people also use it as
their primary source of heat or just as back up heat just in case something happens.
Ben Franklin next invention was great for the people with a vision impairment. They
were the bifocals. They are a pair of glasses which have one lens separated into two halves. “
One had a convex lens for reading and close work. The other had less convex lenses for looking
at faraway objects” (Parker 14). Before Ben had bifocals, he had to carry around two pairs of
glasses. One pair for when he was reading and the other pair for when he was walking about
(Cousins 95). Many people loved this because they did not always have to carry around two
pairs of glasses everywhere they went. The invention of bifocals was a great idea that the people
of the future liked and use a lot.
When it comes to electricity, Ben Franklin is the first thing that pops up in most people’s
head. Ben didn’t invent electricity but he was able to do many things that were really incredible.
His first and most famous experiment with electricity was him flying a kite in a thunderstorm.
“He wanted to prove that lightning is electricity” (Usel 15). So Ben and his son William, had
decided to try an electrical experiment during a thunderstorm. They both walked to the top of a
hill and let the kite go up. They wanted to get electricity to hit the rod on the kite and travel
down the rope and hit the key. Soon, the fiber of the string that he was holding began to stand up
and then he received a tingle of an electric shock from the key in the palm of his hands
(Cousins 110). He also brought along a bottle so he could trap the electricity in it.
“This was a great moment in the history of electricity. Ben himself must have
been overcome with wonder, because he never said much about it. He talked about
almost everything else. The reports of the discovery did not come out for several years
later.” (Cousins 112)
“As soon as