Would the World Have been Different without Benjamin Franklin?

Benjamin Franklin was a scientist, a philosopher, a statesman and an inventor. Some documents suggest that he was even a spy. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, despite having once been a British loyalist. Franklin made several contributions that made their marks on the world, some of which still exist. Benjamin Franklin first conceived daylight Savings Time, for which the world faithfully resets its clocks twice each year. Franklin also studied electricity intensively.

Without his experimentation and meticulous recording of his observations, Thomas Edison might never have been able to perfect his light bulb, which brought electricity into people’s homes. Franklin’s work as an ambassador is perhaps his greatest contribution to history, however. His efforts as minister to France were vital to the new nation’s war efforts. Robert Wright and Morris MacGregor comment that “[Franklin] obtained loans, negotiated treaties of commerce and alliance, and, along with John Jay and John Adams, negotiated the Treaty of Paris that ended the War for Independence” (155).

Without this treaty, the face of the world might look quite different today. Daylight Saving Time, electricity and the foundation of the United States’ geography. These three things only touch on the contributions that Benjamin Franklin made to world history.


Wright, R. & MacGregor, M. (1987). Soldier-Statesmen of the Constitution. “Benjamin Franklin: Pennsylvania,” pp. 154-155. Retrieved 20 March 2007 from http://www. army. mil/cmh-pg/books/RevWar/ss/ss-fm. htm#cont.