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Ben Franklin

By | November 2012
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Ryan Moore
Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was one of the most influential people in American history. When Franklin made his list of personal virtues he was intent on acquiring, he very proudly showed it around to his friends, one of whom, a Quaker pointed out that he had left one off. Franklin was often guilty of pride the friend said, citing many examples. So Franklin added humility to his list”.pg 77. Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in a small town in Boston. Benjamin was one of ten children. His father, Josiah was a candle and soap maker, and his mother Abiah Folger was a homemaker. When Benjamin was only twelve years old he signed his indentures so that he could apprentice under his brother, working at a printing press. Here he worked for his brother James for over nine years. Benjamin had enormous talent, and after his apprenticeship was up, he got a job printing for the Boston Gazette. However this did not last very long, after only ten months Franklin’s contract was given to someone else. This prompted Ben to start his own newspaper called the New England Courant. This was the beginning of a long life of success for Ben Franklin. Franklin had outstanding writing talent. His new business had done very well, but Franklin wanted more. Ben wanted to take over Philadelphia’s biggest newspapers, The Pennsylvania Gazette. In the year 1729 Franklin bought this newspaper. He renamed it (Thank Heavens). Ben Franklin loved America in all facets. He loved what we stood for and what we fought for. We fought for, and only for, the people of the United States. Therefore, it is no surprise that he would believe that our government and our people must have a certain amount of individualism and brashness. After all, he was quite brash himself. Franklin’s entire autobiography can be looked at as an “all about me” attitude. By this I mean he writes this book in a way to relay to the audience all of the achievements he has completed and is very proud of this. Those...
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