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Benjamin Franklin Biography

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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) once wrote, "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead & rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing." Benjamin Franklin was a writer, printer, statesman, and inventor. He's known as the writer of "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin," but he wrote letters, journals, essays, books, newspaper articles, ballads, and almanacs. Franklin also founded what is considered the first public library.

Benjamin Franklin Birth & Education:

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston Massachusetts. He was the 15th child of 17 children. Franklin's father, Josiah Franklin, was a soap and candlemaker.

Franklin's father intended Ben to become a clergyman, but the boy only attended two years of grammar school. After working for his father as a candlemaker for a few years, he became apprenticed to his brother, James, as a printer.

Benjamin Franklin Death:

Benjamin Franklin died on April 17, 1790. He was bedridden for the last year of his life.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes:

"Here you would know and enjoy what posterity will say of Washington. For a thousand leagues have nearly the same effect with a thousand years." - Letter to Washington, March 5, 1780

"Like a man traveling in foggy weather, those at some distance before him on the road he sees wrapped up in the fog, as well as those behind him, and also the people in the fields on each side, but near him all appears clear, though in truth he is as much in the fog as any of them." - Autobiography, Chapter 8
"The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can; to hearken to what is said and to answer to the purpose." - Franklin's Complete Works, Volume 1

"We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately." - Franklin's response to John Hancock

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