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Benjamin Franklin

Posted by quotes on August 11, 2007

When was Benjamin Franklin born?” January 17, 1706 is the day he was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the 10th son and one of 17 children in his family. Even though he was only able to attend one year of school, Benjamin loved to read and by the age of 12 he was working as an apprentice to his brother James, who was a printer. Ben Franklin would help his brother compose pamphlets and set type, and then sell the products on the streets. The next step in the Benjamin Franklin biography is his escape to Philadelphia. In early America it was frowned upon and even illegal to run away, but Franklin did it anyway in hopes of finding a job as a printer in New York. When that didn’t work, he looked in New Jersey and eventually found work as an apprentice printer in Philadelphia.

He also took note of the incredible financial loss that was incurred by victims of fire, so he helped found the Philadelphia Contribution for Insurance Against Loss by Fire in 1752. That company is still in business today.

By 1749 Franklin’s business ventures were thriving and he turned his attention to science and experiments. He had long been interested and involved in science, and had even invented a heat-efficient stove, called the Franklin stove, in 1743. Now he finally had some time to devote to science, and he took full advantage of it. During the early part of the 1750’s Franklin studied electricity. Ben achieved international fame with his kite experiment, which proved the nature of electricity and lightning.

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