Benjamin Bannaky was born in Maryland in 1731. He was the son of Robert a former slave and Mary Bannaky He grew up on a tobacco farm and was taught to read by his grand mother. When he became twelve he went to a Quaker school. The teacher Peter Heinrich changed his name to what he is known as today Benjamin Banneker.
Banneker is famous for several things one of which being his ability to make and fix watches and clocks. This started when he was in his early
He died at the age of seventy-five October 25, 1806 on his farm in Maryland. Banneker studied the watch and made drawings of its mechanisms. twenties when Joseph Levi gave him a watch because Banneker was so interested in it. Using his drawings by 1753 he made a clock by carving larger pieces out of wood. Banneker"tms almanacs were nearly as good as Benjamin Franklin"tms famous Poor Richards Almanac. He worked with Pierre L'Enfant designing the city. He sent his first almanac to Thomas Jefferson who was Secretary of State at the time. This is said to be the first clock made in America. He taught astronomy and math to himself. Washington thought all was lost but Banneker had the plans for the whole city memorized. Banneker helped survey Washington D. Banneker"tms almanac is very well known also.