Ben Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States; he was also a political theorist, author, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, postmaster and a printer. He started America's first circulating library so that all people had access to books. He also started the nation’s first volunteer fire brigade. He learned printing from his older brother and became a newspaper editor and printer in Philadelphia. He wanted to use his printing press to help people understand what was happening in the world not just the American colonies.
A carving of Ben made from a 100-year-old Silver Maple tree damaged in The Storm of October 2006 resides outside Keller Bros on the street actually named for him, which also happens to be in the shade of Buffalo’s oldest tree.
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