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America has never forgotten Benjamin Franklin because of what he did He wrote as much as he possibly could He became famous for being a scientist an inventor a statesman a printer a philosopher a musician and an economist Today we honor Ben Franklin as one of our Founding Fathers and as one of Americas greatest citizens Although he was born in Boston the city of Philadelphia is remembered as the home of Ben Franklin Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston Massachusetts on January 17 1906 to Josiah Franklin father and Abiah Folger Franklin mother At the age of 12 Ben begins an apprenticeship in his brother James printing shop in Boston Five years later at the age of 17 Ben leaves his family and runs off to Philadelphia Pennsylvania In 1724 Benjamin moves to London and continues his training as a printer he returns to Philadelphia two years later In 1728 he opens his own Printing Office in Philadelphia A year later Ben is sole owner and publisher of the Pennsylvania Gazette In 1730 he marries Deborah Read Rodgers In 1731 Deborah gives birth to their first son William In 1732 their second son Francis is born In 1736 Benjamins youngest son Francis dies In 1737 Ben is appointed Postmaster of Philadelphia In 1742 Ben proposes the idea for the University of Pennsylvania In 1743 Deborah gives birth to their first daughter Sarah Two years later Bens father Josiah Franklin passes away In 1748 Ben sells the Printing Office and retires from business In 1751 Bens book Experiments and Observations on Electricity is published in London A year later he performs his famous kite experiment and his mother Abiah Folger Franklin passes away 1757 to 1762 Ben is in London as a representative for Pennsylvania Assembly Over the next few years Ben travels to London and France In 1769 Ben is elected president of the American Philosophical Society Five years later The Hutchinson
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