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Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17 1706 in Boston Massachusetts His fathers name was Josiah Franklin and his mothers name was Abiah Folger Benjamin was the 15th child of 17 and was the 10th boy Benjamin went to grammar school from age eight to ten and decided to stop but read enough books to educate himself After leaving school he went to work for his dad making candles He did not like working for his dad so he became a cutler At age 13 he worked with his brother James who had recently returned from England with a new printing press Benjamin learned the printing trade and in his spare time he concentrated on his education In 1721 Benjamin Franklin was 15 and his brother James established the New England Courant a newspaper Benjamin was delivering newspapers by day and writing articles at night for his brother However his brother made him publish these articles anonymously later at age 17 he got into a fight with his brother and ran away to Philadelphia He worked in the printing trade and made many friends one of them was Sir William Keith who was the governor of Pennsylvania Keith convinced him to go to London to complete his training as a printer and to purchase the equipment that he needed to start his own printing business in Philadelphia While in Philly he worked several jobs before he moved to London in 1724 When he got back to Philadelphia he bought the newspaper The Pennsylvania Gazette In 1730 he married his wife Deborah ReadOver the next twenty years Benjamin Franklin made many contributions and did many experiments and projects In 1731 he founded the first public library in America and in 1742 established it as the Philadelphia Library He first published Poor Richards Almanac in 1732 under the name Richard Saunders In 1736 Franklin became clerk of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the next year was appointed
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