Benjamin Franklin is one of the most fascinating of the Founding Fathers - a polymath like Jefferson, a practical statesman like Washington, and a cynic and wit beyond parallel.
But Franklin was also a man of business. That aspect of his life and personality is explored by his descendent Mark Skousen in Benjamin Franklin: Founding Father of American Entrepreneurship on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library,14 W. 10th St.
Skousen is in a unique position to discuss all aspects of this most iconographic of Americans. He has devoted years to researching Franklin and is the author of three classic volumes: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Completed Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin, and The Wit and Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin.
Franklin attended school for only two years but made enough money to retire at age 42. He did this without patenting any of his many inventions or discoveries (the lightning rod, bifocal glasses, the Franklin stove), relying primarily on his business as a printer in Philadelphia.
His success was so well known that his book The Way to Wealth (featuring such advice as "A penny saved is a penny earned" and "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise") is still in print after more than 200 years and has gone through 1,300 editions.
A former economist with the Central Intelligence Agency, Skousen has taught economics at Columbia Business School, Barnard College, and Columbia University. He now holds the Benjamin Franklin Chair of Management at Grantham University.
He writes the Forecasts & Strategies newsletter and among his books are Investing In One Lesson, EconoPower, The Making of Modern Economics, and Vienna and Chicago, Friends or Foes?
Skousen is the founder and producer of FreedomFest, an annual conference held in Las Vegas and billed as the world's largest gathering of free minds on liberty.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th & Baltimore.
This event is co-sponsored by Grantham University.