Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 6

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Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 6, 1706. He was the eleventh child of  Josiah Franklin, a candle maker; his mother was named Abiah. Franklin's father put him  in grammar school to become a minister, but soon took him out again because he could  not afford it. Franklin spent a year at a different school and then became an apprentice  in the printing shop of his older half-brother, James. There he learned the trade and  anonymously published series of essays in his brother's paper. When James and Benjamin had a falling out, Franklin left James's shop and moved to  Philadelphia. In Philadelphia he found work in another printing shop, and a year later  sailed to London to buy supplies to start his own shop. Franklin was stranded in London  when the letter of credit the governor of Pennsylvania had promised him never arrived.  Unable to afford passage back to America, Franklin found work in a London printing 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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