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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the
tenth born into a large family whose father was a soap and candle maker. Although he
received some formal education, he was principally self-taught. He managed to teach
himself simple algebra and geometry, logic, navigation, history, science, English grammar
and five other languages. After being an apprentice to his father between the ages of ten
and twelve, he went to work for his half brother, James, who was a printer. In 1721, they
founded The New England Courant, and Benjamin secretly contributed fourteen essays to it
which were his first published writings. In 1723, he moved to Philadelphia where he was
employed as a printer. He later moved to London for a short time before returning to
Philadelphia where he rose quickly in the printing industry. He published the
"Pennsylvania Gazette" and the famous "Poor Richards Almanac". He married Deborah Reed
and she didn’t slow him down at all from continuing to be successful. He gained
recognition for many things including providing civic causes such as libraries and
educational institutions. Benjamin Franklin has many famous quotes that are still used
today including, " A penny saved is a penny earned", "God helps them that help
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