A printer, an inventor, a writer, a scientist, a diplomat, and a statesman. There is
only one man that all this can describe. I am talking about no one other than Benjamin
Franklin. Benjamin Franklin was well-known during the beginning of our great nation. He
helped our nation begin. He was one of the framers of the Constitution and was a delegate
along with others that were sent over to France to discuss the Treaty of Paris that ended the
War for Independence. You will read about how he grew up and how his contributions
help us today.
A Boy From Boston (1706-1718)
Benjamin Franklin was born on Milk Street in Boston, Massachusetts on January
17th, 1706 to Josiah and Abiah Folger Franklin. Ben was Josiah's fifteenth child of
seventeen children and Abiah's, Josiah's second wife, eighth child. Once he was born, his
father took him to the South Church to be baptized under the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Ghost. Benjamin's father was a maker and seller of candles and soap. Benjamin's
mother was the daughter of an indentured servant who had married her master, Peter
Folger of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. (Wechsler, 14)
Benjamin was popular with the boys from the neighborhood. He was often the
leader among them and often led them into scrapes. He would go swimming, boating, and
fishing with them. They all kept pets, made kites and flew them. And like all boys, he got
in trouble with his parents and other grown-ups at times.
One of his first investigations was how a ship moved. One day Ben was flying his
kite and looked over and saw his friends swimming in the pond. Since Ben wanted to do
both, he tried something. He let out some string to his kite and walked into the pond.
Once he was waist deep in the water, he laid on his back and had the kite fly over his head.
The wind was so strong that the kite was gliding Franklin over the water. He exclaimed to
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