Benjamin Franklin's thirteen principles
(by Steven Allan)

On Wednesday (August 22, 2002) Steven Allen told an audience of BYU Education Week attendees about the 13 virtues Benjamin Franklin strived to live throughout his life.

"Benjamin Franklin was in touch with gospel principles before the gospel was restored.

On Wednesday, Steven Allen told an audience of Education Week attendees about Franklin's thirteen principles he tried to improve in himself throughout his life. He was a great statesman who strived to live the best way possible, Allen said.

"He probably could have been the king of America if he'd sought that office," Allen said.

Franklin made a chart where he kept track of his progress concerning temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity and humility."