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In 1683, a young man named Josiah Franklin came to America in search of religious freedom.Josiah wasfirst a silk dyer but became a candle and soap maker because there was no need for a silk dyer .While Josiah was in Boston, he met a young woman named Abiah Folger.The two fell in love and decided to get married.Josiah had 5 children from a previous marriage, but he and Abiah had 10 children together, 4 girls and 6 boys.The youngest of the 15 surviving children was named Benjamin Franklin.
Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts.When he was 8, Ben's dad took him out of grammar school so he could learn to be a candle maker.Ben was the head of his class in reading and writing, but was very poor in arithmetic.He loved to read books in his spare time.
At the age of 10, Ben was put to work in his father's shop cutting wicks and dipping molds.Ben told his father that he was unhappy working in his shop, so Josiah suggested Ben should be a printer's apprentice.So, when Benjamin was 12, he moved in with his brother, James, to be his apprentice.Ben quickly learned to print and decided that he would like to write for James' paper.Benjamin knew that his brother would not like this idea, so he signed his work under a different name.Ben kept his secret for a while, but James was very angry when he found out the truth.As a result, Ben left Boston and traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Ben became a very accomplished writer.In 1729, he began the Pennsylvania Gazette, which later became known as the Saturday Evening Post.In 1730, he married Deborah Read, who was the daughter of hisfirst landlady.They had three children together, Francis Folger, who died young from small pox, Sarah, and William, who became governor of New Jersey.At the age of 26, he printed his own calendar, which became known as Poor Richard's Almanac.Ben …

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