Benjamin Franklin was a statesman, publisher, and inventor during the American Revolution. He was born on January 17, 1706. He also founded Philadelphia's first fire station and served as a diplomat to France. Benjamin even invented the first swimming flippers, originally intended for hand-wear. Benjamin Frankin married Deborah Read in 1730. The two had three children together; William Franklin (1730 - 1813), Francis Folger Franklin (October 20, 1732 - November 21, 1736), and Sarah Franklin Bache (September 11, 1743 - October 5, 1808). He is most well known for discovering electricity with his kite experiment on September 2, 1752.