Biography on Benjamin Franklin Essay

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On January 17, 1706, in Boston, Benjamin Franklin was born into this world. Josiah Franklin, his father, was a soap maker that had ten sons. Abiah Folger, Ben’s mother, was the second wife of Josiah. Benjamin had 17 siblings in all. When Ben was young he loved to read, so he became an apprentice to his brother James, a printer. As a 12-year-old Benjamin would sell their products in the street, after helping James compose pamphlets and set type. When Benjamin was fifteen his brother started the New England Courant. Ben wanted to write for the paper so bad, but he knew his brother would never let a little apprentice write for the paper. So at night Benjamin began writing letters filled with advice and insight of the critical world around …show more content…
He took a boat to New York where he had hope for a job as a printer. That door never opened so he walked across New Jersey, and later arrived in Philadelphia. Franklin found work as an apprentice printer there. He did very well and the governor of Pennsylvania promised to set Ben up a business if he would go to London and buy fonts and printing equipment. That plan fell through and he soon returned to Philadelphia. Franklin attempted to run a shop, but soon went back to being a printer’s helper. Franklin was a better printer than the man he was working for so he borrowed some money and set himself up his own printing business. The public now was noticing him for his hard work efforts. Soon he started to get the contract to do government jobs and his business soared. In 1728 he had a boy named William. The mother of the little boy is still to this day unknown. In 1730 Benjamin married his “childhood sweetheart,” Deborah read. Now, in addition to running the print shop, Deborah ran their own store, and he also ran a bookstore. In 1729 Benjamin bought a newspaper, the Pennsylvania Gazette, which soon became the most successful in the colonies. In 1733 he started publishing Poor Richard’s Almanac. Franklin continued his colonial efforts during the 1730’s and 1740’s. He helped start projects to clean, pave, and even light Philadelphia’s streets. Along with his many other accomplishments he helped to launch the Library Company in 1731. In 1743, he helped to start to

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