Description A Beautiful Drawing of Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He was the tenth son of soap maker, Josiah Franklin. Benjamin's mother was Abiah Folger, the second wife of Josiah. In all, Josiah would father 17 children.In the early 1750's he turned to the study of electricity. His observations, including his kite experiment which verified the nature of electricity and lightning brought Franklin international fame.Franklin died on April 17, 1790 at the age of 84. 20,000 people attended the funeral of the man who was called, 'the harmonious human multitude.'His electric personality, however, still lights the world.