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Benjamin Franklin was born on the 17th of January 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents were Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger. Franklin was the 8th child out of 17 siblings. 7 of his brothers and sisters were from his father’s first marriage. He and his 9 other brothers and sisters were the children of Abiah, who Josiah married after the death of his former wife, Jane White. During his early life, Franklin only attended school for two years and did not graduate. This was because his father was financially unstable and could not afford it. At around the age of 17, he ran away to Philadelphia for a fresh start. He worked in several printing shops while he was there, before meeting Deborah Reed. He proposed to Deborah at age 17, and was denied the offer to marry him. It was in 1730, when Deborah and Benjamin got married, and had two children, Sarah and Francis Franklin. Benjamin Franklin achieved many great things in his life. He was an extremely talented man; he was an author, a printer, a scientist, an inventor, a politician and did many other things. Franklin formed the first ever public lending library. He also formed the first fire department. What Benjamin Franklin is most famously known for is his kite experiment. This experiment was supposably conducted on the 15th of June 1752 in Philadelphia. It is not proven that this experiment was done, but if it supposably was, he successfully extracted sparks from a cloud.