Benjamin Franklin : The American Philosophical Society And A Scientist

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Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was born in Boston, Massachusetts and died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His family lived for three different centuries in the Parish of Ecton, Northamptonshire, England, on a freehold on and about thirty acres. “Benjamin Franklin was one of the official signer of the United States Constitution of 1787, Declaration of Independence, and of the Paris Peace Commission. He was one of the very first United States Postmaster’s General, a big figure in the American Enlightenment and a scientist.”(History) He kept himself busy and involved with society. Franklin facilitated and founded many of the “civic organizations, the American Philosophical Society, the Union Fire Company, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Contributionship Insurance Company, and the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery.”(History) Franklin was very liberated, he was very independent, and successful throughout his years.
Franklin did not have a formal education and dropped out of school when he was only ten years old. He was an avid reader and taught himself how to become a skilled writer. At the age of 12, in 1718 he became apprenticed to his elder brother James, a famous printer in Boston. At the age of 16, Franklin contributed essays to a local newspaper. By the age of 17, Franklin decided to run away to Philadelphia, where he found a job as a printer. Later that later, he traveled to England and London where he was lucky to find…

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