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Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin had many occupations Some of these were a printer a diplomat a scientist an inventor a philosopher an educator and a public servant Ben organized the first library in America He helped draft the Declaration of independence and the American Constitution He also invented many things including the lightning rodFranklin was born on January 17 1706 His dad whos name was Josiah was a poor soap and candlemaker His mom was Josiahs second wife Benjamin was the youngest son and the 15th of 17 children He attended school for two years and loved swimming One of his first inventions was a set of paddles to make him swim faster When he was 12 years old he went to be an apprentice in the print shop owned by his half brother James Ben quickly learned how to read and write better To write better he would read essays out of a paper and rewrite them in his own style and then compare them and find the mistakes Ben was not content with his job of an apprentice because it made little money and James had a bad temper James broke his apprenticeship He then went to New York City which was smaller than Boston at the time He found no work there In October he went to Philadelphia The governor of Pennsylvania soon took interest in Benjamin and told him he should start his own shop He sent him to London to buy a printing press and type The governor told him he would pay for all his expenses The governor had not told the truth though so Benjamin was stranded in London with no money He worked in London and raised enough money to return to Philadelphia in 1726 In 1728 Benjamin started his own business with his partner Hugh Meredith They published a daily newspaper called The Pennsylvania Gazette Ben wrote quotes every week under a pen name On of
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