Ben Franklin A Touch Of Genius Essay

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Ben Franklin A Touch Of Genius




Ben Franklin was born the tenth son of a soap maker, Josiah Franklin. In all Josiah had 17
children amid two wives. When Ben was 15, his brother had started the third paper to hit
Boston called The New England Courant. Ben really wanted to write for the paper but he
knew that his older brother James would never let him do that being that he is only an
apprentice. Therefore, Ben being the young intellect that he was, started printing letters
and sliding them into his brothers printing shop at night. He wrote under the alias
Silence Dogood, and provided criticism towards views of the world, and the rights and
treatments of women. Sixteen letters had been published until Ben came out and told James
that it was his mere apprentice brother writing these reader loved articles. James's
friends thought Ben was quite gifted but this infuriated James to know that his brother
was gaining widespread attention through his alias Silence Dogood. Not before long at all
Bens older brother was not at good terms with the Puritan leading family the Mathers. The
Mathers supported inoculation, and James along with most people believed that this
inoculation was not for the good of the people, and in fact it worsened conditions. James
was thrown into prison and Ben was left to run the paper while he was gone. When James
returned, he showed his brother no thanks for continuing his business on a positive note.
In fact, James "harassed his younger brother and administered beatings from time to time"
(The First American, 18). Ben could not take this harsh treatment from his former mentor
so he decided to flee to in 1723 to New York.

Ben traveled by boat hoping to find work as a printer in New York but there was none, he
continued his journey for work through New Jersey and ended up in Philadelphia where he
found work as an apprentice printer for Samuel Keimer. Franklin's skill as a writer put
him at good terms with the Governor William Keith of Pennsylvania. After Bens
brother-in-law showed the governor one of Bens letters the governor was stunned by his
mastery of wordplay and sent out to meet this great writer. The governor wanted Ben to
start his own printing company, but Ben's father would not finance his print shop, so the
Governor told Franklin that he would in fact finance the start of his printing company,
after Ben journeys to London to setup business connections, and buy supplies for the
company. Hence, Franklin set forth on his journey along with a good friend named James
Ralph a merchant's clerk, not knowing that he would end up spending months doing print
work in England because of the governor backing out on his word. A dispute ended the
fellowship between Ralph and Franklin and they both went there own ways. While Ben was in
London, he was not aware that his childhood sweetheart and very steady girlfriend Deborah
Read had married another man. When Franklin arrived back in Philadelphia, he was bound to
work in Thomas Denham's shop for one year. During his work as a sales clerk both Denham
and Franklin became ill. Franklin had Pleurisy but survived it where on the other Hand
Thomas had passed away, relieving Franklin of his debt in his will. Everything thus far
seems to be going wrong for Franklin. Eventually Franklin will start his own shop with the
help of Meredith Hugh. His business flourished, to the surprise of many who believed three
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