The History of Daylight Savings!! In 1784 Benjamin Franklin was said to have invented Day Light Savings Time (DST) . His idea for DST was so that the hours of light could be used more efficiently and save more money out in the long run. Though Benjamin created this idea in 1876 it is an idea of optimizing the sun light as far back as ancient Rome. In 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted the first year around DST. . . .