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In 1683 a young man named Josiah Franklin came to America in search of religious freedom Josiah was first a silk dyer but became a candle and soap maker because there was no need for a silk dyer While Josiah was in Boston he met a young woman named Abiah Folger The two fell in love and decided to get married Josiah had 5 children from a previous marriage but he and Abiah had 10 children together 4 girls and 6 boys The youngest of the 15 surviving children was named Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17 1706 in Boston Massachusetts When he was 8 Bens dad took him out of grammar school so he could learn to be a candle maker Ben was the head of his class in reading and writing but was very poor in arithmetic He loved to read books in his spare time At the age of 10 Ben was put to work in his fathers shop cutting wicks and dipping molds Ben told his father that he was unhappy working in his shop so Josiah suggested Ben should be a printers apprentice So when Benjamin was 12 he moved in with his brother James to be his apprentice Ben quickly learned to print and decided that he would like to write for James paper Benjamin knew that his brother would not like this idea so he signed his work under a different name Ben kept his secret for a while but James was very angry when he found out the truth As a result Ben left Boston and traveled to Philadelphia Pennsylvania Ben became a very accomplished writer In 1729 he began the Pennsylvania Gazette which later became known as the Saturday Evening Post In 1730 he married Deborah Read who was the daughter of his first landlady They had three children together Francis Folger who died young from small pox Sarah and William who
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