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Benjamin Franklin New World Physicist Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17 1706 in Boston Massachusetts He was one of seventeen other brothers and sisters His father Josiah Franklin who emigrated from Oxfordshire England worked as a soap boiler and tallow chandler Benjamins mother Abiah Folger was from Nantucket but her family derived from England as well Benjamin Franklins entire life which lasted almost the entire eighteenth century was based upon order and systematic discipline in addition to his dependence on wisdom and intelligence Franklin was sincere honest and was apt to self-examination He acquired long lasting friends from persons of every age Franklin found unquestionable delight in living Benjamin Franklin started attending school at the age of 8 and was at the head of his class by the end of his first year After only attending his first school for one year he moved on to math and arithmetic school He failed out of that school by the time he was 10 He then quit school completely in order to assist his father in the soap and candle making business At age 12 he moved on to be an apprentice to his older brother James who was a printer Soon Franklin had ambitions to write and by age 16 he had written a series of letters by an imaginary author The letters were printed in the New England Courant which was published by his brother Still pursuing his writing career he ran away to Philadelphia and continued working in the printing business He arrived in 1725 with one Dutch dollar and one copper shilling By 1729 he had bought and published The Pennsylvania Gazette He then married his landladys daughter Deborah Reed In the next seventeen years Franklin had three children published the first Poor Richards Almanac and invented the Pennsylvania fireplace among many other things In 1747 Franklin began his electrical experiments and then retired from the printing trade
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