The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Essay

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin






The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
“Book Review”


The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin was not an easy book to read. Writing styles have
changed tremendously since the 1700’s. Despite the cultural differences I learned a
lot about the man and the time. Benjamin Franklin was a remarkable man. He was a printer,
author, politician and an inventor. He was one of fifteen children in his family.
Because he was from such a large family he was sent out to work at a very early age. He
only had a few years of grammar school education when he started working in his fathers
business. During his days off he educated himself through books. He was not happy working
in his fathers business for very long. Unsure of what he wanted to do, his father took
him around town to introduce him to other trades available to him. Not entirely pleased
by the choices available, he settled on the printing trade. He worked as an apprentice in
his brother’s print shop for several years until tension ended their relationship.
By this time he was in his late teens. He moved to Philadelphia to continue in the
printing business. He did well in Philadelphia but was always unhappy working in someone
else’s print shop. The governor of Philadelphia offered him a letter of credit and
introduction in England to help secure materials needed to start his own printing
business. He accepted the offer only to find the offer less than reliable. This trip did
not turn out as planned and he remained in England for two years trying to raise enough
money to return to America.


Upon Benjamin Franklin’s return to Philadelphia, he continued to master his printing
trade. Within a few years he had established his own business. Several years later he
started publishing a newspaper and was granted the honor of printing up the states
currency. During this time he formed a book club, where a group of men would meet to
discuss books. This eventually lead to organization of the first public library. Through
the years, Benjamin Franklin created many things, including a new stove, to reduce the
excessive smoke production caused by current models. His interest in science was
increasing daily.


With in twenty years of starting his own printing business he sold it to focus all his
time on scientific experiments. He had already begun experimenting with electricity,
including flying a kite during a lightening storm. With all of the accomplishments he
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