Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He was the tenth son of soap maker, Josiah Franklin. Benjamins mother was Abiah Folger, the second wife of Josiah. In all, Josiah would father 17 children. Josiah intended for Benjamin to enter into the clergy. However, Josiah could only afford to send his son to school for one year and clergymen needed years of schooling. But, as young Benjamin loved to read he had him apprenticed to his brother James, who was a printer. After helping James compose pamphlets and set type that was grueling work, 12-year-old Benjamin would sell their products in the streets. After his teenage years, Franklin ran away from home and arrived in Philadelphia where he would gain his fame for inventions and discoveries. Franklin is also known as one of the founding fathers of our country, The United States of America. He signed the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and was our first Foreign Ambassador when visited King Louis XVI. Franklin also helped the government of France sign a Treaty of Alliance with the Americans in 1778. Franklin also helped secure loans and persuade the French they were doing

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