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Benjamin Franklin Few men have done as much for the world as Benjamin Franklin He had many talents that he used to help the world He was a diplomat a scientist an inventor a philosopher an educator and a public servant During his life Benjamin Franklin did many things such as statesmanship book-printing and inventing and discovering many important things He invented an efficient heating stove and proved that lightning is electricity All of his great achievements have helped to make him one of the worlds best scientists12 Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston Massachusetts on January 1706 His parents were Josiah and Abiah Franklin He was the 15th child and youngest son in a family of 17 children His father made soap and candles in his shop At the Sign of the Blue Ball in Boston1 His mother was his fathers second wife2 Benjamin attended school in Boston for only two years He was excellent in reading fair in writing and bad in arithmetic Josiah Franklin decided that he could not afford anymore education for his youngest son He kept Benjamin home after the age of 101 Benjamin began to help in his fathers shop cutting candlewicks and filling molds Although he went to school only two years Ben liked books and spent much of his spare time reading He also became an expert swimmer One of his first inventions was a set of paddles to give him greater swimming speed3 When he was 12 his father persuaded him to become an apprentice to his older brother James who was a printer James was a good teacher and Benjamin was a good pupil He soon became a skilled printer He wrote several newspaper articles1 James and Benjamin fought a lot and Benjamin wanted to become his own master1 At 17 he ran away to Philadelphia which was then the largest city in the American Colonies1 From 1723 to 1730 Franklin
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