Benjamin Franklin : The End Of The Revolutionary War Essay

791 Words Sep 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
“In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it, perhaps, often in this history; for, even if I could conceive that I had compleatly overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility”(Benjamin Franklin). Benjamin Franklin said this as a result of his humiliation during his court trial in Britain. Many saw Franklin as an outstanding figure from creating the United States first lending library and Fire Department to his investigations into electricity, mathematics, and map making. He later went went on to help draft the Declaration of Independence and negotiated the 1783 treaty of Paris (which marked the end of the Revolutionary War). Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston in what was known as the Massachusetts Bay Colony. His father, Josiah Franklin, a soap and candle maker, had 17 children, seven with first wife, Anne Child, and 10 with second wife Abiah Folger (Benjamin Franklin). Benjamin was the 15th and final son. Benjamin did really well in academics and attended Boston Latin School that he was soon pulled from to help his father make candles. “But dipping wax and cutting wicks didn’t fire his imagination” (Benjamin Franklin). Perhaps to dissuade him from going to sea as one of his brothers had done, Josiah apprenticed Ben at…

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