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Benjamin Franklin And His Life

- Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was born January 17, 1706 to parents Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger of whom he was one of seventeen children. Common practice at this time, Benjamin Franklin has no known middle name. When he was young, Franklin’s father, Josiah, joined his brothers business of fabric dying with his brother. However, with the trade becoming less and less profitable Josiah chose to move along with his then wife and two children to Boston, Massachusetts. It was in Boston where his first wife, Anne Child, died giving birth to the couple’s seventh child in 1689....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin]

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The Legacy Of Benjamin Franklin

- Kristen Bryan Government 26 September 2014 Benjamin Franklin Who was Benjamin Franklin. Probably not quite who we think he was. When you think of Benjamin Franklin you probably think about electricity, or maybe even bifocals. Most people even think of money, considering his face is on the one hundred dollar bill. However, perhaps the most magnificent aspect of Benjamin Franklin was that he is one of our “Founding Fathers,” the only one who put his name to all three of the founding documents of the United States: the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain, and the Constitution under which we still live....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin]

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Benjamin Franklin And His Life

- Born in Boston, Massachusetts, January 17, 1706, he was born from his mother, Abiah Folger, to Josiah Franklin his father. The tenth son of a soap and candle maker, he was a part of Josiah’s second marriage and one of many children. His father’s first intention was for Benjamin to go into the church so he was sent to Boston Grammar School at the age of eight. It became too expensive and so he was sent to George Brownell’s school for writing and arithmetic. After that he finished formal education and he was put to work making candles....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin]

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Benjamin Franklin : The End Of His Life

- Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was born January 17, 1706 in Boston Massachusetts. He was a writer, inventor and scientist. By the end of his life, Benjamin Franklin (1706– 1790) was one of the most recognized people in the Western Hemisphere (Chaplin, 2006, p.1). There were seventeen children raised in the Franklins home and Ben was child number fifteen. Also, he was the last son to be born. Boston Latin School was where Benjamin received education. At the age of 10, Franklin was removed from school and put to work with his father....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin]

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Benjamin Franklin : A True American Citizen

- He was seen as a giant of a man, but he was only average height. He only spent eighty-four years on earth, but he was a man of many faces and served in many roles for our nation. He is the definitive symbol of a true American citizen. He is one of the most respected and identifiable people in America. From the 1700s to the 21st century, it is virtually impossible to find a resume that is comparable to his life. Even though his face appears on the one hundred dollar bill, he was not elected president of the United States....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin]

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Benjamin Franklin : The True Hero

- ... It was then, did he realize America had been lacking betterment and with astounding notability, Franklin gradually improved America and its people, starting with education. Although being the youngest son of seventeen, Franklin became the wisest and most productive. In his narrative, he stressed the importance of education Benjamin stated that this premise of learning was as effective as having a military stance in an attempt to make America a dominant nation. He had established a subscription library which grew in effectiveness rapidly....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin, Virtue, Better]

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Benjamin Franklin 's Role Model Of An American

- Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin represents a role model of an American who started from rags to riches. Benjamin Franklin structured the American life politically by structuring the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Stamp Act, The Treaty of Paris, as well as other important acts and documents. Economically he helped create jobs by being an inventor and entrepreneur. Socially he fought for the education of man. The Albany Plan of Union was a proposal to create a unified government for the thirteen colonies, suggested by Benjamin Franklin, then a senior leader and a delegate from Pennsylvania, at New York in July 1754 in Albany....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin]

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Benjamin Franklin 's Role Model Of An American

- Benjamin Franklin represents a role model of an American who started from rags to riches. Benjamin Franklin structured the American life politically by structuring the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Stamp Act, The Treaty of Paris, as well as other important acts and documents. Economically he helped create jobs by being an inventor and entrepreneur. Socially he fought for the education of man. The Albany Plan of Union was a proposal to create a unified government for the thirteen colonies, suggested by Benjamin Franklin, then a senior leader and a delegate from Pennsylvania, at New York in July 1754 in Albany....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin]

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Benjamin Franklin : The Declaration Of Independence And The Constitution Of The United States

- Benjamin Franklin is well known for many of his achievements, whether it was one of his many scientific searches in electricity or an inventor that invented the bifocal glasses, but most important his involvement in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the youngest son out of 17 for his father, who was an English-native soap and candle maker named Josiah Franklin. At an early age Benjamin learned how to read and was very up-and-coming when it came to his studies....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin]

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The Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin

- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin has many things, but maybe more than anything else about Benjamin Franklin it explains about him being a politician, and there is no more reason to look out for an unbiased autobiography from Franklin than from any other politician. This Franklin is a persona, a conscious literary creation bestowed for our contention One of Franklin’s virtues is humbleness, and his humbleness comes out in the form of his book. His narrative is extremely informal, not only in the first part, which was seemingly addressed to his son, however in the later sections the autobiography was controlled upon four separate occasions....   [tags: benjamin franklin, politician, post office]

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Benjamin Franklin 's The Autobiography

- Who would have thought that writing about yourself could actually have an effect on others. This is actually the case with many autobiographies in history. Take Benjamin Franklin’s The Autobiography for example; in this piece, Franklin describes his own attempt at self improvement. He lists several virtues he was going to attempt to obtain, but he wasn’t successful in becoming the perfect man he had set out to be. However, this work of literature would prove to be very effectual. Benjamin Franklin’s The Autobiography had an effect on both himself and society especially through the ideas of industry, justice, and order....   [tags: Virtue, Benjamin Franklin, Ethics, Ideology]

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Benjamin Franklin: The Perfect American Man

- Benjamin Franklin was a brilliant man who played an important part in the early life of America. He was respected by many, and he made great contributions to American society. While he was not perfect, he does exemplify the qualities of what it means to be American. Through his contributions in inventions, writing, and his practices in managing his time well, he was the perfect American man. With his tremendous intellectual gifts Franklin introduced devices to society that benefited America as a whole greatly....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin, USA, ]

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Benjamin Franklin 's Moral Perfection

- Moral perfection. This was Benjamin Franklin’s way of living “..without committing any fault at any time” (Franklin, 63). Benjamin Franklin was very specific about the way he intended to live his life and the person he was aiming to become. Franklin seemed to believe that since he knew right and wrong, there was no reason not to always do right and avoid the other. This might have seemed like a crazy task, even impossible. However, Benjamin Franklin was determined to try to achieve this perfect lifestyle....   [tags: Virtue, Benjamin Franklin, Perfection]

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The First Child Named Benjamin Franklin

- ... She has threatened to burn all of his books if he doesn’t use them to make money for his family, so he complies with her wishes and creates and almanac. Towards the end of the excerpt he writes “not only as purchasing an useful Utensil, but as performing and Act of Charity, to his poor Friend and Servant.” In a way this could be somewhat comedic in the sense that he along with other men have to listen to their wives complain about getting a job or working harder and the men are begging one man to another to empathize with him in the situation....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack]

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Benjamin Franklin 's Plan For Self Improvement

- All Americans recognize the familiar name, Benjamin Franklin. Whether it be from discovering that lightning is energy, creating the lightning rod, or co-writing the Declaration of Independence. “Benjamin Franklin–one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America–was an author, political theorist, scientist, musician, inventor, and the list goes on and on” (Fabrega). One aspect of his life that Benjamin Franklin is less widely known for is his plan for self-improvement. “In 1726, at the age of 20, Ben Franklin set his loftiest goal: the attainment of moral perfection” (McKay & McKay) There were many effects of Benjamin Franklin’s plan for self-improvement, including his own happine...   [tags: Benjamin Franklin, Virtue]

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Rhetorical Analysis Of Benjamin Franklin 's ' The Autobiography '

- ... In humility, Franklin wrote that he should “imitate Jesus and Socrates,” and Franklin believed that he would be able to perfect all of the virtues through practice and documentation of his progress in a book that he carried with him everywhere he went (534-36). However, Franklin admits that though wasn’t able to achieve perfection because he was unable to master the virtue of order, he was close, and the pursuit made him a better man than he would’ve been without the attempt (540). While it can be acknowledged that Franklin had many flaws in his personality, it can also be said that the stories which demonstrate his passion for writing can be used as inspiration for anyone pursuing a dre...   [tags: Benjamin Franklin, Virtue]

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Rhetorical Analysis Of Benjamin Franklin 's ' The Autobiography '

- ... In his autobiography, Franklin’s explanation for his religious views leads to his idea that he, and all people, should strive for “moral Perfection,” something which he planned to obtain by perfecting thirteen virtues, including temperance, order, silence, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility (534-35). In humility, Franklin wrote that he should “imitate Jesus and Socrates,” and Franklin believed that he would be able to perfect all of the virtues through practice and documentation of his progress in a book that he carried with him everywhere he went (534-36)....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin, Virtue]

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Benjamin Franklin : The Greatest Thinkers, Inventors And Leaders Throughout American History

- Benjamin Franklin is considered one of the greatest thinkers, inventors and leaders throughout American history. This Founding Father of the United States was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 17, 1706 and spent his childhood there until finally moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a teenager. Franklin was a leader in politics and science. Franklin lived for 84 years and passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1790. Although conspiracy theorists may disagree, Franklin was not clearly for or against organized religion during his lifetime....   [tags: Virtue, Benjamin Franklin, Christianity]

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin was not an easy book to read. Writing styles have changed tremendously since the 1700’s. Despite the cultural differences I learned a lot about the man and the time. Benjamin Franklin was a remarkable man. He was a printer, author, politician and an inventor. He was one of fifteen children in his family. Because he was from such a large family he was sent out to work at a very early age. He only had a few years of grammar school education when he started working in his fathers business....   [tags: Book Report Benjamin Franklin Essays]

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Improvement in the Works of by Daniel Defoe, Benjamin Franklin, and Adam Smith

- How many types of improvement can be possible for human nature. In many works written by many philosophers we can see the major improvements of human society through experimentation. Human beings can make progress both individually and collectively. In the works by Daniel Defoe, Benjamin Franklin, and Adam Smith, I am able to analyze how both individual and collective improvement are related through the habit and practice required to make progress possible. Through my analysis I have come to the conclusion that individual and collective improvements are driven by the desire to satisfy the needs within a person as well as within society....   [tags: progress, benjamin franklin, adam smith]

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Benjamin Franklin, A Man of Many Talents

- Writer, printer, scientist, leader, inventor, and “rebel with a cause” are few of the many careers that Benjamin Franklin has been renowned for over the years. All of them truly reflect the abilities that he deployed during the birth of our nation. These qualities have also acknowledged a superb leader who serves as a prominent model and founding father to today’s generation. As a scientist, he experimented vastly with electricity. He invented the lightning rod, the Franklin stove, and bifocal glasses during his scientist career....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin Biography]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He would be the tenth out of seventeen children that his father, Josiah Franklin, would have. His father had plans for Benjamin to join the clergy when he came of age and was sent to grammar school to prepare. He would excel in reading at a very young age but would find that he could not master math so easy. He would be at the grammar school for less than a year before his father would come to terms with not being able to support a college education for Benjamin and supporting the rest of the large family....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin American History Essays]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin In his many careers as a printer, moralist, essaylist, civic leader, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, and philosopher, Benjamin Franklin Became both a spokesman and a model for the national character of later generations of Americans. After less than two years of formal schooling, Franklin was pressed into his father's trade. At the age of 16, Franklin wrote some pieces in a courant,"Silence Dogwood." Though penniless and unknown, Franklin soon found a job as a printer....   [tags: Biography Biographies Benjamin Franklin Essays]

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Persevering Thru the Eyes of Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin was a renowned politician, but also was well known for his inventions. He very successful on a political scale as he served as the first ambassador for the United States during the Revolutionary War to France. Franklin is also credited with saving the Colonist Army from failure by luring the French Navy into the war. The action ultimately saved the Colonist forces. However, at the time not only was Franklin concerned with politics but he had very many inventions that he was interested in furthering....   [tags: Ben franklin, american revolution, covert action]

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A Brief Biography of Benjamin Franklin

- January 17, 1706, was the birth of an incredible historical figure. Benjamin Franklin, one out of seventeen siblings. Franklin had rough beginnings yet, he made the best of the situation and has be come one of the most recognized men in history. The amount of effort Benjamin Franklin put into being educated and successful is motivational. Franklin had many talents he was a printer, inventor, and political figure. As a child Benjamin Franklin had very limited education. Despite the obstacle in course Franklin still had astounding English skills....   [tags: amazing American historical figures]

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The Declaration Of Independence By Benjamin Franklin

- The declaration of Independence was written up in 1776 by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston and Thomas Jefferson. Three of these men (Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson) are known for being part of the founding fathers. At this period of time, America was in conflict with Great Britain for freedom and at the same time it was also part of the age of enlightenment. Until today, the Declaration of Independence remains the most important writing in America, and American history....   [tags: United States Declaration of Independence]

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The Invention of Electricity: Benjamin Franklin

- Electrician You walk into a dark room and flip a switch; suddenly, the room is no longer dark. Have you ever wondered how the electricity in your business or house works. Electricians study the ways to install the wiring and electrify indoor and outdoor spaces for comfort and safety. While most people take, the electricity we use for granted, electricians must know and ensure every detail is perfect. Careers in electricity require dedicated professionals who spend many hours of schooling learning about how to safely create lighted spaces and outlets for electrical components and usage....   [tags: electrician, job outlook]

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An Electric Man: Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin is a vital man in our history. Benjamin was an politician, writer, inventor, scientist, and so much more. He came into to this world on January 17, 1706. He had fairly humble beginning. His father was Josiah Franklin, a soap maker, and his mother was Abiah Folger. Benjamin was the tenth child out of seventeen children. Josiah sent Benjamin to clergy school, but could only afford it for one year. Benjamin went on to apprentice under his brother James as a printer. Benjamin wanted to write for James's paper, but he knew James would never allow it....   [tags: politician, writer, inventor, scientist]

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The Story of Benjamin Franklin

- The Story of Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin seen by many is a statesman, philosopher, and an inventor. He was born on January 17, 1706. He was the true rags to riches story. In “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin”, he writes about his life in detail and tells how to become a good man. To compare Franklin’s early life to his older life is to compare an apple seed to an apple. Both of which, grow to become something great. While reading Franklin’s autobiography, one will see the hard ships of a little boy and the triumphs the little boy makes to become an American icon....   [tags: American History, Invention]

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Frederick Douglass and Benjamin Franklin

- Frederick Douglass and Benjamin Franklin American success history recognizes the contributions made by two of its renowned leaders. The two are regarded as heroes despite the obvious differences between them abound. The two figures are regarded with comparable amounts of reverence even though they lived their lives in different ways. Nevertheless, both Benjamin Franklin and Fredrick Douglas gained their status through treading pathway of hard work. This paper, therefore, seeks to discuss the experiences that shaped the lives of both Franklin and Douglas....   [tags: Aristocracy, American History, Slavery]

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

- In The Autobiography, Benjamin Franklin recounts the many paramount experiences throughout his life that shaped him into great American figure he was known to be. On the opening page, Franklin reveals the book’s epistolary format by writing, “Dear Son,” going on to admit that he’s made some mistakes in the past and to recollect that past is a way to relive it. By divulging his desire to “change some sinister Accidents & Events” (Franklin 3) the author indicates how important it is for his son to observe as he amends his mistakes....   [tags: Literature Review]

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Benjamin Franklin in the 1980s

- “A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.” –Benjamin Franklin. Ben Franklin accomplished so much in his life of 84 years. He came from a big family of seventeen children that resided in Boston. It is a wonder how the son of a poor soap maker could end up so successful financially and socially. Described as a witty and charming man, he was well-known around the world. The ways the American government works was based upon ideas of Mr. Franklin....   [tags: Biography]

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Benjamin Franklin: A Brief Biography

- Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, was born January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts. He held numerous jobs throughout his lifetime including author, printer, inventor, scientist, postmaster, political theorist, statesman, diplomat, and civic activist. As a scientist he made significant contributions to the history of physics and American innovation through his experiments and discoveries with electricity. He was given the title “The First American” because of his early work with the new colony....   [tags: founding fathers of the US]

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Benjamin Franklin and Literature

- Benjamin Franklin and Literature Benjamin Franklin holds a massive role in the United States’ history. Franklin was involved in various fields, from inventions to politics. However, Franklin also played a key role in the creation of modern day American literature. Without this exceedingly influential character, the colonies might have remained under British control, and as a result, not have their own literature; furthermore, his literary works led to a shift in almanacs altogether. Benjamin Franklin, born Sunday, January 17, 1706, in Boston, Massachusetts, was the tenth child to Abiah Folger and Josiah Franklin....   [tags: poor richard’s almanack, politics]

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Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is a representation of the new prospect of upward mobility in colonial America during the 18th century and the development of the Age of Reason, which assisted in the conception of the idea of the “American Dream”; a dream that includes fundamentally social ideals such as democracy, equality, and material prosperity. Furthermore, Franklin’s autobiography exemplifies a significant shift in focus from religion to enlightenment and reason. Additionally, there were forces specific to Benjamin Franklin's Philadelphia, that played an important role in his perspectives and the changes that occurred within colonial America during the 18th century....   [tags: upward mobility, colonial America]

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Benjamin Franklin: American Diplomat

- During the seventeen hundreds, the United States was created by a group of individuals who stressed the freedom, equality, and justice for all people. The founders of the United States had no idea they would create one of the richest nations in the world. Today however, many Americans have forgotten to honor these groups of intellectuals that built this country and refused to rule it. Benjamin Franklin, a famous and respected diplomat in the seventeen hundreds, was one of the most influential founders of this country....   [tags: American History]

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Biography of Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin led an influential life. He was a master of creation. He was a literary genius. Also he became a president. His invents are still used today and everyone loves them. Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706. He was the 10th son of Josiah Franklin and Abiah (Folger). Franklin’s father was a soap and candle maker. Benjamin’s father had hoped that Benjamin would enter into the clergy but he could not afford for his son to go to school for many years....   [tags: president, boston, government]

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Biography of Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin was one of the greatest inventors that ever lived, because of his many inventions we can live safer and more efficiently. Franklin’s greatest experiment was the discovery of trapping electricity. Using a kite and key, Ben Franklin was able to learn the basics of electricity that would later be used as a basis for what we know about electricity today. Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17th, 1706 to Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger. Ben was the fifteenth child out of seventeen, and the last son that was born....   [tags: invention, trapping electricity]

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Benjamin Franklin and Religion

- For many centuries, God has been changing; His interpretations are what that has changed the most about him. The God of the 1st century is nothing compared to the God that billions of people worship today. Seeing that God has undergone so many different types of transformations, I would be correct to say that many diverse understandings about His role and His teachings have come about. For example, there are several, unique types of Bibles addressing what God has said, but honestly, He only said what He spoke in one way....   [tags: Contrast with Puritans]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin was a multi-faceted man, due to his achievements that were unexpected of him, his advances through many areas of his life and his faith that many adapted. Born into a large family of ten children, Franklin was not expected to be the leading man he was. His father was a soap maker, and his family thought Franklin would be a part of the clergy. (Ben Franklin The Electric Franklin 1) Franklin’s expectations make his successes so much more impactful because of his ability to be a leader from a young age and represent America as a powerful nation....   [tags: American History, Politics]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin was one of the most significant figures during the 18th century. The significance of Benjamin Franklin can be observed through his contributions to society. Such contributions include his profession as a printer, the creation of the first subscription library, the creation of Poor Richard’s Almanac, and his experiments with electricity. In addition, Franklin also tried to reconcile the differences between England and America, and when that proved futile, he traveled to France in an attempt to convince the French to support America in their quest for independence from England....   [tags: Biography, Government, Politics]

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Benjamin Franklin

- In an era when the fomenting and support of revolution are claimed by youth as their special attributes, it is significant to recall that two hundred years ago the person whose contribution greatly influenced Uncle Sam and feared by the crowned heads of England and many parts of Europe as the most dangerous man in America, was Benjamin Franklin (Bowen ix). Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He was the tenth son of son Josiah Franklin, who was a soap maker. Benjamin's mother was Abiah Folger, the second wife of Josiah (Quick Bio of Ben)....   [tags: electricity, odometer, inventions]

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Benjamin Franklin

- INTRODUCTION Benjamin Franklin was born in Milk Street, Boston on January 6, 1706. Throughout his existence Franklin exemplified a life of self-improvement. His eagerness to improve himself trickled over into his eagerness to help others improve themselves. Franklin was the youngest son of his father’s 17 children. Coming from such an enormous family, his education ended at the age of ten years old. At the age of twelve Franklin began to work alongside of his brother James. When the two of them did not get along, Franklin soon left and headed to New York for a short time and eventually moved to Philadelphia....   [tags: U.S. History ]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin, son of a soap and candle maker, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on 17 January 1706. He was the 15th of 17 children. After attending Boston’s Latin School for only two years it had been decided that he would become a printer because of his love for books. In 1726 he set up his own printing business, and bought the Pennsylvania Gazette which was one of the United States most prominent newspapers. In 1737, he became deputy postmaster of Philadelphia, and was a member of the colony's legislative body....   [tags: Biography, Influence, Legacy]

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Benjamin Franklin

- If ever a story embodied what has come to be known as the American dream, it is the life story of Benjamin Franklin. The work ethic of Franklin could be considered a passionate and energetic man who motivated himself by self-sovereignty and his strong work ethic to achieve self-improvement. Beyond his personal ambitions to attain self-improvement, Franklin’s deep notions and convictions inspired him to help others for a better life. Franklin’s desire in providing and creating useful solutions for society and states, his recounting of the assistance he gave to others demonstrated his convictions in his reasons for writing....   [tags: american history, politics]

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Benjamin Franklin

- If ever a story embodied what has come to be known as the American Dream, it is the life story of Benjamin Franklin. Franklin could be considered a passionate and energetic man who motivated himself by self-determination and a strong work ethic to achieve self-improvement. Beyond his sometimes-lofty personal aspirations to attain self-improvement, Franklin’s deep conviction inspired him to help others live well. He demonstrated this conviction in his reasons for writing, his willingness to portray his mistakes as well as his successes as a means of instruction, his recounting of the assistance he gave to others, and his desire to create useful solutions....   [tags: American History, The American Dream]

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Benjamin Franklin

- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin has three parts to it. The first part was written in 1776 and was for his son. The third part was written in 1788 and was written to the American citizens. Both of these parts show aspects of life during the 1720’s and 1730’s. From the 1720’s to 1730’s in the colonies there were many social and economic aspects of society occurring such as religion, paper money, and the rise of clubs and libraries which is seen through Franklin’s autobiography. Franklin in part one of his autobiography said, “I was rather inclined to leave Boston when I reflected that I had already made myself a little obnoxious to the governing party, and, from the arbitrary proceeding...   [tags: biography, american history]

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Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography

- It was the year 1706 in Boston, MA when Benjamin Franklin entered the world. Birthed after fourteen other siblings, Franklin's family structure is only one deciding factor in the way that this legendary tale pans out. A hero of American Revolution, this novel depicts 18th century realism accurately while logging Franklin's personal conception on human nature and social community. Many look at Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography as your typical rags to riches tale yet, the truth and falsehood throughout the pages is unknown, raising many questions and concerns....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Benjamin Franklin, Biography

- During the eighteen century, many colonists were in search of an identity that would shape them as an independent nation. There were great people who wanted to make a difference for their society and that were willing to devote a life for the common well. People like Benjamin Franklin, who characterizes for having a sense of improvement, and that looked for a better society. Benjamin Franklin contributed in many ways to the American society during the eighteen century. He made scientific contributions and inventions that, as intended, helped to improve the quality of living, and as precursors of later developments....   [tags: Contributions Towards Society]

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Benjamin Franklin: The Embodiment of a Renaissance Man

- ... He developed both a new name for himself and a new appreciation in Philadelphia working for newspaper printer Samuel Keimer, instantly becoming popular amongst his peers. re He was an outgoing, lively spirit, with a stocky build and an affable nature about him. Making friends and acquaintances came easy, luckily for him, and he quickly began a network of connections for himself that he put to use later. However, the more he established his new identity, the more he and his coworkers realized that he was more learned in printing than arguably everyone else in Philadelphia....   [tags: politics, patriot, colonies]

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The Virtrues of Benjamin Franklin and Frederick Douglass

- ... Frederick Douglass as well was good at being an Author, Orator, Abolitionist, Human Rights/Women Right’s Activist, Journalist and Social Reformer. They were both showed the same characteristics as well, always trying to succeed in what they did. Ultimately they both wrote autobiographies of their life experiences. Their contributions to America has also been another good thing they were good at. They fought against slavery, (even though Franklin did indeed own two slaves himself), and thought is was inhumane to treat others like animals instead of an individual....   [tags: articulate, intelligent, sophisticated, slavery]

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Benjamin Franklin & Henry David Thoreau

- Benjamin Franklin and Henry David Thoreau have been thought of as two powerful philosophers in history. Both men were alive centuries ago, but their unique ways of life and ideas still exist in some of history’s most admirable figures. Each man had a judgment that went beyond the era they existed in, but is still obvious in today’s culture. Even though both men are credited for their wise principles, their beliefs do not always coincide with one another. However, one thing they do have in common is that they both revolutionized America through their thoughts, actions, and distinctive opinions on how to improve the world around them....   [tags: Similarities, Biography, Beliefs]

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Civil Liberties And Safety By Benjamin Franklin

- ... In order for the government to tap our phones or read our email and text messages they should have a reason. Searching every citizen is not a way to go. It’s against our constitution. However, if the government has a reason to search an individual based on their past activity; they should be able search to prevent any possible terror attack. How far do we have to go to protect our civil liberties. Many things have changed after 911 in terms of how the government searches citizens. The amount of treat that our national security get is enormous....   [tags: United States Constitution]

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Analysis Of Benjamin Franklin And His Writings

- A moral philosophy is something that every individual possesses and adheres to, yet it is something that each of us develop in a very different way. Approximately seventeen years ago, I read the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and his writings captivated me. In the years since, I have often returned to the book for inspiration and guidance. In his autobiography, Franklin described how he endeavored to attain what he described as “moral perfection”, in an attempt to overcome the inherent tendencies to do wrong....   [tags: Ethics, Virtue, Morality, Virtue ethics]

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Benjamin Franklin And Ralph Waldo Emerson

- ... Emerson’s opponent attitude toward reading “other men’s transcript” (Emerson, 540) with his perspective on books“Books are the best of things, well used;…They are for nothing but to inspire.” (Emerson, 539) also shows that individuals do not only can, but also should come up with their own ideas because people have divine parts within themselves and should not be disturbed by ideas in the past. Furthermore, he encourages individuals to self-trust and hold unique opinions. “A man shall not for the sake of wider activity sacrifice any opinion to the popular judgments and modes of action.” (Emerson, 543) Emerson emphasizes that original ideas, without going with flows society has, are valua...   [tags: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance]

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Analysis Of Franklin 's The New World

- In the New World where Europeans were still under the assumption that class defines the amount of success you can achieve, Franklin’s story paved a way for the new “American dream” of working hard and prospering from your own doings. Ben Franklin uses his hard work and takes advantage of his opportunities to meet new people as a way to bring himself out of class and create his own prosperity and wealth. Franklin used his family, background (class) and negative friendships to help him succeed in life, rather than stay poor like many Europeans of the New World were doing....   [tags: Virtue, Benjamin Franklin]

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Theu.s Shall Go By Benjamin Franklin

- Ever since the birth of our country, our founding fathers have found a way to engage in world policy to defend our American constitutional system and the common interests of the people living in this country. Saying this, the United States should take a protective and aggressive approach into world policy to keep the country equivalent for how our founding fathers founded it. As one of our original founding fathers said, “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both” – Benjamin Franklin....   [tags: United States, World War II, Vietnam War]

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William Franklin: Traitor? Patriot?

- In marked contrast to his famous father, who worked diligently on his autobiography until declining health would no longer allow it , William Franklin spent the years following the Revolutionary War wandering without purpose, the quintessential man without a country. Like many prominent loyalists to the Crown of England, William had suffered the confiscation of his property and the loss of his good name. William Franklin spent the first years of his English exile arguing in front of British Parliament for recompense on behalf of his fellow loyalists, with varying success, and for himself with none whatsoever....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin, revolution]

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Comparison Of Benjamin Franklin and Frederick Douglass

- Comparison Of Benjamin Franklin and Frederick Douglass America, a land with shimmering soil where golden dust flew and a days rain of money could last you through eternity. Come, You Will make it in America. That was the common theme of those who would remove to America. It is the common hymn, the classic American rags-to-riches myth, and writers such as Benjamin Franklin and Frederick Douglass had successfully embraced it in their works.Franklin and Douglass are two writers who have quite symmetrical styles and imitative chronology of events in their life narratives....   [tags: Compare Contrast Franklin Douglass Essays]

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The Life and Successes of Benjamin Franklin

- In 1723, because of dissension with his half-brother, Franklin moved to Philadelphia, where he obtained employment as a printer. He spent only a year there and then sailed to London for 2 more years. Back in Philadelphia, he rose rapidly in the printing industry. He published The Pennsylvania Gazette (1730-48), which had been founded by another man in 1728, but his most successful literary venture was the annual Poor Richard 's Almanac (1733-58). It won a popularity in the colonies second only to the Bible, and its fame eventually spread to Europe....   [tags: congress, colonies, rights]

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Analysis Of Franklin 's ' The Great Gatsby '

- ... The first letter was from Abel James. The letter was from Paris. Franklin showed part one of his autobiography to James and asked him how it was. James replied to Franklin saying that, “some time since there fell into my hands to my great joy, about twenty-three sheets in thy own handwriting…” He tells Franklin to continue the autobiography and not delay it if he didn’t write it yet. It is possible that Franklin didn’t continue writing his autobiography because he starts off the second part with the letter of James....   [tags: Virtue, Benjamin Franklin, Time, Friendship]

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Benjamin Franklin's "Arriving at Perfection"

- Perfection. Can any one person be perfect. Benjamin Franklin believed that he could accomplish this task. Benjamin Franklin was known for being a cognizant and diligent perfectionist. During his lifetime, many people were concerned with correcting themselves of any fault that they may have had. Benjamin Franklin did have an interesting way to proclaim how he, could show everyone how to be perfect. He believes that he can make himself perfect. Even though his ways of being perfect are not the same as everyone else's ideas, he still tries to show them he can be perfect....   [tags: American Literature]

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The Life of Benjamin Franklin

- The Life of Benjamin Franklin "Of two things you can be certain; death and taxes," quoted Benjamin Franklin. Having a humorous outlook on life, Franklin tried to make others' lives better. Benjamin was a man who served others and tried to make the world its best until his death. Benjamin Franklin had many accomplishments. He had a busy and eventful life, he played a major role in defending his country, and he was known for his quotes. Franklin was always working to make something better. He accomplished many things, but he started at the bottom of the career chain....   [tags: American America History]

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Mary Rowlandson and Benjamin Franklin's Storied of Captivity

- ... Rowlandson realizes that she was very fortunate to even be alive. Benjamin Franklin life begins with her early childhood life in Boston. He later fled away to escape his brother’s rules over him. In these representations we can see a comparison. Rowlandson and Franklin were removed from their homes and families. In contrast, Franklin removal was on his on terms. They each suffered as they no longer had the comforts of which they were accustomed. ​Rowlandson’s faith was extraordinary considering all that she suffered....   [tags: faith, survival, suffer]

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An Analysis on Benjamin Franklin

- An Analysis on Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston. His father, Josiah Franklin, who was a tallow chandler, had seventeen children; Benjamin was the fifteenth child and the tenth son. His mother, Abiah Folger, was his father’s second wife. After he went to grammar school from age eight to ten, Benjamin started working at his father’s business. He didn’t like the work very much, however, and so he began to work for a cutler. When he was just thirteen, he became an apprentice to his brother James, who had just returned from England with a new printing press....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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A Biography of Benjamin Franklin

- A Biography of Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was born into modest circumstances. With sixteen brothers and sisters, there was no room for selfishness. He learned early on the importance of putting others before himself and did not have excessively ambitious plans for the future. As a child, Franklin "...had a strong inclination for the Sea," but his father would not hear of it. He ended up indentured to an older brother, who began his life as a printer. He was a hard worker but preferred to read books, conquer new subject matter, and engage in debates with other young scholars....   [tags: Papers]

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Virtues of Benjamin Franklin and John F. Kennedy

- Sincerity, justice, and tranquility are admired virtues often associated with the legacies of great men. As mentioned in Benjamin Franklin’s illustrious thirteen moral virtues, these words are among those that embody his beliefs on what virtues are required in a man to maintain admirable character. Emphasis on virtues seems to be a driving force among prominent figures in our nation’s history. Every great man or moment in American history is related to a virtue, almost as a validation of their legitimacy....   [tags: american history, american presidents]

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The Importance of Determination in the Lives of Benjamin Franklin and Christopher McCandless

- Benjamin Franklin and Christopher McCandless both demonstrate that determination often leads to greater skills and intelligence. Throughout Ben Franklin’s life he gains a lot of intelligence through his determination to do new things and his strive to do better. Chris McCandless gains a lot of life skills through his determination to go and live in the wild. Determination played a key role in their intelligence and success. “There was just no talking the guy out of it,” Gallien recalls....   [tags: Into the Wild Essays]

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Frederick Douglas and Benjamin Franklin: Two Great Men

- Frederick Douglass vs. Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin had an easier route to success than Frederick Douglass in my opinion. Franklin was provided with a school and came from a nice family while Douglass on the other hand had to deal with slavery and other issues. The goals or the things that Benjamin Franklin did were for the whole world or the economy but the majority of the things that Douglass did deal with black people, slavery, and black rights. Those two came from totally different environments with different roadblocks but they both found a way to be successful in their own way....   [tags: Perseverance, Slavery, Success]

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Benjamin Franklin and His impact on American History

- Benjamin Franklin was one of the most successful founding fathers of our nation and helped establish American independence from Great Britain. He was a key member in the development of the political backbone that has shaped this country into what it is today. Benjamin Franklin was one of the most humble and inspirational figures of that time. He was a major factor in the outcome of the war of Independence and in his selfless actions of leaving his family, won the help from the French to assist America in the fight against England....   [tags: biography, american history]

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Benjamin Franklin was a Political Hero in Sheila Kemp's The Cockpit

- ... Kemp states,”Franklin lived in a place where social status was everything, yet was not always guaranteed. Colonists sized one another up each and everyday.” (Kemp, 26-27) Franklin was no ignorant partisan in this circumstance, he knew fare well the differences between the colonies and the heart of the empire. In England, hereditary power was far more important than what Benjamin Franklin was used to. According to Kemp, Franklin saw the Colonies as an extension of equals that deserved the same rights as the british in the mother country....   [tags: reconciliation, tea party, parliament]

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The American Dream in The Great Gatsby and The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

- One of the greatest classic novels in American history, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, lends itself to be an indispensible literary work that reinforces and challenges the core values and ideals that Benjamin Franklin expresses in his Autobiography. In the provided passage, the young Franklin arrives in Philadelphia in hopes of becoming a new self-made man and begins his journey with little money and few resources much like Gatsby. After arriving by boat, he tries to pay the people of the boat for his voyage but his payment is initially refused because he rowed the boat in order to get to Philadelphia....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The Two Sides of Marriage in the Wedlock by Benjamin Franklin

- Being married can be the highlight of some people’s lives, and it can be a very regrettable experience to others. For most people, being married means one of two things: either being stuck with one person for the rest of ones life, or getting to be with only one person for the rest of ones life. In Benjamin Franklin’s poem “Wedlock” he expresses the idea while one is married, to have pleasure with, to make the best of ones wife and not stab her in the back because most men only get one wife in a lifetime....   [tags: marriage, consequential, persepctive]

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Benjamin Franklin´s Involvement in the English Empire

- ... Franklin says “The same on foreign wines; a duty not only on tea but on all east India goods might perhaps not be amiss, as they are largely rather luxuries than necessities”. Basically Franklin does not have a problem with these Acts because first, he considers himself as a British and second, he believes that the British government will do nothing to hurt his people. On the other hand, the Stamp Act has a different and a direct effect on the colonies. The objective of the act is to tax legal documents, almanacs, newspapers, playing cards, and nearly every form of paper used in the colonies....   [tags: act, plan, stamp, reconciliation]

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Essay Comparing Benjamin Franklin and Jonathan Edwards

- Different literature writers have many different views about mankind. Many American writers discuss these views. More out spoken American writers spend a great amount of time talking about this topic. In this paper we will look at Benjamin Franklin’s and Jonathan Edwards’ views of mankind by looking at personal background, religious views, and evidence in their writings. Benjamin Franklin’s father, a candle maker, wanted to give one of his sons as a tithe. He chose Franklin, his tenth son. He sent him off to be educated as a clergyman....   [tags: views about mankind]

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Historical And Contemporary Figures Of Benjamin Franklin And Ivy Lee

- Public relations have been a prominent aspect of society for millennia, dating back to 50 B.C. with Julius Caesar and referred by the Ancient Greeks as “semantikos”, which is the practice of persuading people into a belief or action (Witman, 2000). Public relations is still been influenced by the contributions of key historical and contemporary figures including Benjamin Franklin and Ivy Lee. In the early years of 50 B.C., the idea of persuading people to vote for a particular person was conceived....   [tags: Public relations, Propaganda, Edward Bernays]

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Benjamin Franklin 's The Fight For American Independence

- We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” ― Benjamin Franklin. An essential player in the fight for American Independence, Benjamin Franklin 's play on words truly illustrates the nature of the American Revolution. After all, every man involved in the framing of the Declaration of Independence was committing one of the highest crimes in existence: treason against the King. Through their subversive actions, the Patriots started a conflict with Britain that was, in a way, do or die....   [tags: United States]

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Benjamin Franklin and Henry David Thoreau's Religions

- Benjamin Franklin and Henry David Thoreau's Religions Benjamin Franklin and Henry David Thoreau are by no means religious in any traditional sense of the word. If, however, “religious” is taken to mean the “belief in any sort of supreme being...that obliges ethical or moral conduct”, then both Franklin and Thoreau fall into this category. Though the two are strikingly opposite in their manner and social interaction, they are both held to a religious and personal standard. Their individual spiritual beliefs, ethical codes, and their “quality of life”show that all of their actions and thoughts are held by themselves to a higher standard....   [tags: Franklin thoreau Reliigous Essays]

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The Quest to Moral Perfection

- Morality: it is a term that is questioned at every corner of every day. The moral idea ranges from something small such as helping an old women cross the street, to the extreme such as the recent actions taken by politicians to limit public union rights in Wisconsin. Dictating the difference between right and wrong has been an issue that dates to the times before Christ, where the idea of moral perfection was used to determine one’s right of passage into heaven. It was not until Benjamin Franklin, who published a guide within of his autobiography, describing thirteen steps to achieving moral perfection....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin]

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Biography on Benjamin Franklin

- 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....   [tags: essays research papers]

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