During the years andFranklin resided in England, originally in the capacity of agent for Pennsylvania and later for Georgia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
He published up to 10, copies a year for the next 25 years. Like many publishers, Franklin built up a book shop in his printing office; he took the opportunity to read new books before selling them.
InFrance allied with the colonies in their fight against England. Although "his parents talked of the church as a career"  for Franklin, his schooling ended when he was ten. Franklin was a multitalented "Renaissance Man" who excelled in many areas including science, politics, writing, music, invention, and diplomacy.
He fathered an illegitimate son, William Temple Franklinborn February 22, The congress adopted his "Plan of Union," but the colonial assemblies rejected it because it encroached on their powers.
Living in London Encouraged by Pennsylvania Governor William Keith to set up his own print shop, Franklin left for London in to purchase supplies from stationers, booksellers and printers.
He also donated money that funded scholarships, schools and museums in Boston and Philadelphia. The cause of his death was empyema brought by attacks of pleurisy, which he had suffered earlier in his life.
Franklin also organized the Pennsylvania militia, raised funds to build a city hospital and spearheaded a program to pave and light city streets. On June 15,Franklin may possibly have conducted his well-known kite experiment in Philadelphiasuccessfully extracting sparks from a cloud.
Franklin returned to Philadelphia in May and immediately became a distinguished member of the Continental Congress.