Benjamin Franklin

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November 29, 2007 Project Paper US Coins Benjamin Franklin One of the founding fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was born to his father Josiah Franklin, a soap maker, and his mother Abiah Folger. Franklin was the tenth child of seventeen, and the youngest son. Throughout his lifetime, Franklin accomplished what would be a mere dream to anyone else. He was a leading author, political theorist, politician, printer, scientist, inventor, and diplomat. Benjamin’s schooling was short, and ended when he was only ten years old. Shortly after, he began to work for his father, and at the age of twelve became an apprentice for one of his brothers who was a printer. Franklin worked for his brother until the age of seventeen, when Ben sought to get off to a new start. Seeking this opportunity, he fled to Philadelphia, where he worked in various printer shops throughout the town. For three years, Franklin went off to London, and worked as a compositor in a printer’s shop in the Smithfield area of London. In 1726 he returned back to Philadelphia, where he was offered the positions of a clerk, shopkeeper, and bookkeeper. At the age of twenty one, Franklin created a discussion group. This group would get together and discuss the day’s issues, it was called the “Junto.” Reading was one of the things that this group did often; however books were very expensive, and hard to come by. After thinking of ways to get books, the member of the Junto pooled all their books together and eventually came up with the idea of the library. The first library was created by Franklin in Philadelphia in 1731.
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Franklin had set up a printing house, and became the editor of a newspaper “The Pennsylvania Gazette” by 1730. In 1731 Franklin became a freemason, and would remain a freemason for the rest of his life. Throughout his life, Benjamin Franklin made many great inventions.
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