Benjamin Franklin


was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts. Since this was on a Sunday, his father had him immediately baptized, to avoid any superstitious curse on him. Franklin was the 15th of 17 children.
When he was a boy, Franklin liked to write his name in a fancy manner. But one day an old man who was visiting them saw the elaborate signature and remarked, "What fool wrote this?" After that, Ben started writing his name in a plain style. At age 10 Ben helped his father in his shop cutting candlewicks and filling molds. He spent much of his time reading and also became a fantastic swimmer. This led to one of his first inventions; paddles that helped him swim faster.
At age 12, he ...

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the mistakes. Franklin loved to read. When he was 16, he tried to save money to buy more books by only eating vegetables to cut food costs.
Ben's brother treated him harsh and tyrannical. Franklin later attributed his love of independence to the years he spent as an apprentice and his aversion to the power of his brother. When he was 17, Franklin left home and moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He arrived there almost penniless. He also essentially cut his ties with his family in Boston. He gained attention of the Pennsylvania Governor, and at age 18 Ben was sent to London to study the latest developments in printing. He worked in the ship's print shop on the journey. When he was 20, Franklin returned to Philadelphia. He started the American Philosophical Society, at age 21. The next year, he started his first print shop in Philadelphia with partner Hugh Meridith. At age 23, he established the Pennsylvania Gazette Newspaper. This was the first newspaper to use ...

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affairs. His next 10 years were devoted to scientific studies
At age 42, Franklin retired from the printing profession. He then devoted his time to other studies, especially science. These were very productive years in his life, bringing him worldwide fame as a scientific thinker.
Franklin was curious and inquisitive. He became interested in electricity after seeing demonstrations about static charges and the Leyden Jar. Afterwards, he used a method of rubbing glass tubes with silk to generate the static electric charges that could be used in many of his experiments. Franklin felt that lightning was electricity that came from the clouds. To prove this theory, he set up tall, pointed ...

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