this is thoms jefferson he was in the he was in the american revilotion was in the revilotion Benjamin Franklnting, politics, writing, music, and diploin was a modern day Renaissance Man. Like Leonardo da Vinci, Ben Franklin excelled in many areas including science, invemacy. He is one of the founding fathers of the United States of America and is often called the "First American". Where did Ben Franklin grow up? Ben was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 17, 1706. His father was a candle maker. Ben stopped going to school when he was 10 and starting working as an apprentice for his brother as printer when he was 12. He gained most of this education by reading a lot of books. Ben ran away when he was 17, breaking his apprenticeship with his brother. He went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he worked as a printer.