Life of Benedict Arnold Early Life My name is Benedict Arnold, I was born on January 14, 1741 in Norwich, the Connecticut Colony. My parents were Hannah Waterman King and Benedict Arnold,. I was the second of six children of my parents but only my sister and I lived up to adulthood, my other siblings died during their childhood due to yellow fever. My mother was a rich widow since she had married a wealthy merchant, but their marriage was short-lived because her husband died not long after. Then, my father met her and the two got married. I enrolled in a school at Canterbury at the age of 10. Since the death of my siblings in the years to come by, my family’s fortune started waning as my father had taken up alcoholism to cope with his children’s death and soon after I was kicked out of school at the age of 14 because we didn’t have enough money to pay for a private school. I was then put under an apprenticeship of my mother’s cousins Daniel and Joshua Lathrop who were successful merchants in an apothecaryand I trained under them for 7 years. During that time, the French and Indian war was still going on and I enlisted in the Connecticut militia when I was 16 where I only served for 13 days because the fort in New York was captured and my company fell back. After that, my mother died to yellow fever and not too long my father also died.
Businessman In 1762, I had become a businessman and established myself as a pharmacist and a bookseller. I struggled and worked hard and my business was rapidly expanding and