November 29, 2007
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.
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.
1726 he returned back to Philadelphia, where he was offered the positions of a clerk, shopkeeper,
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.