From to Franklin served as President of the Council of Pennsylvania. As representative of the State of Pennsylvania he had prepared a speech before the signing of the Constitution but he felt too weak to deliver it. He let James Wilson, representative of Pennsylvania, read it for him.
He was the tenth son of a soap and candlemaker. He received some formal education but was principally self-taught. After serving an apprenticeship to his father between the ages of 10 and 12, he went to work for his half-brother James, a printer.
He only had two years of formal education. The man considered the most brilliant American of his age rarely saw the inside a classroom. Franklin spent just two years attending Boston Latin School and a private academy before joining the family candle and soap making business.
His father was Josiah Franklin, soap and candle maker. His mother was Abiah Folger, a home maker. Franklin was raised as a Presbyterian. His father, Josiah Franklin, emigrated from England in
Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theoristpolitician, Freemasonpostmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rodbifocalsand the Franklin stoveamong other inventions.
Benjamin Franklin Timeline: January January 6, by "Old Style" reckoning. Blackbeard the Pirate is captured; Franklin writes a ballad on the occasion Moved away from home into a boarding house Stopped attending church so he could use Sunday to study At a Boston town meeting, Ben's father Josiah is chosen as a town scavenger for Brother James Franklin starts publishing The New England Courant Smallpox epidemic in Boston and controversy over vaccination Becomes "a thorough Deist" Becomes a vegetarian in part he is motivated by a distaste for flesh, but also because he can save money and buy more books.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania. On the map pictured here, High Street, or Market Street, runs horizontally through the center square of the Philadelphia grid and is denoted in fine script handwriting. Franklin used the almanac and his newspaper, The Pennsylvania Gazette, to achieve his goal of educating common people.
It created a man. Few men could compare to Benjamin Franklin. Virtually self-taught, he excelled as an athlete, a man of letters, a printer, a scientist, a wit, an inventor, an editor, and a writer, and he was probably the most successful diplomat in American history. David Hume hailed him as.
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