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Benjamin Franklin - Printer As a child Benjamin F loved to read write and collect books so when it came time to choose a trade Bens father decided Ben would become a printer At the age of twelve Ben started as an apprentice with Bens older brother James At the age of twenty-two Ben opened his own printing shop Bens newspaper the Pennsylvania Gazette became very popular and profitable A few years later Poor Richards Almanack was released and soon became the best selling book in the colonies selling over 10000 copies a year Soon Ben became the most active printer in the colonies and was appointed the official printer of Pennsylvania Bens duties included printing money laws and documents for the colony he then became the public printer for Delaware New Jersey and Maryland he also helped establish newspapers in New York Connecticut and two islands in the West Indies Benjamin Franklin - Librarian Books were very expensive during my time and therefore not everyone was able to afford them Some fellow printers and Ben known as the Leather Apron Club because most of us wore leather aprons discussed ways they could help the community Through Bens suggestion they started a lending library that was open to everyone They would pool our money and buy books which people could borrow So in 1731 the first lending library in America opened Soon other towns began to imitate the library until reading became fashionable even among the less educated Benjamin Franklin - Inventor At the age of forty-two I retired from printing to explore my other interests I devoted this time to inventing During my life I invented many things including Swim fins bifocals a glass armonica watertight bulkheads for ships the lightning rod an odometer and the wood stove called the Franklin stove In addition to inventing I enjoyed experimenting One thing that always fascinated me was electricity so one stormy night my
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