Forgotten History …. Benjamin Franklin

We have heard how Benjamin Franklin was able to discover electricity with a key on a kite string. But what else did he do? How did he help the United States? Is it time to dig a bit deeper than that one legend?

Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706 and passed away in 1790. During his long life, he had many jobs and did many things that are amazing. He was born in Boston MA, and died in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He went to Bostin Latin School for his schooling and was a diplomat, scientist, inventor and writer.

He learned to read at an early age but he stopped his formal schooling at age 10 to work full-time in his father’s candle and soap shop. He worked with one of his brothers James at his print shop. Even though he was mistreated Benjamin learned a lot from James.

When James refused to publish Benjamin’s writing, Ben took the pseudonym of Mrs. Silence Dogood and ‘her’ 14 imaginative and witty letters delighted the readers, James was angry that it was Ben who had written them. Benjamin was tired of the treatment that he had gone through and fled Boston in 1723. While he had a legally binding contract with his brother for the next three years he was done of the harsh treatment.

He went to New York and then settled in Philadelphia where he stayed for the rest of his life. He worked with another printer in Philadelphia. He was encouraged by Pennsylvania Governor William Keith to set up his own print shop, Benjamin went to London in 1724 to get supplies. He found out that the letters of introduction hadn’t arrived and felt let down but he took advantage of theater performances, mixing with the populace in coffee houses and continuing his lifelong passion of reading. He had taught himself to swim and had crafted his own wooden flippers, Franklin would do long distance swims on the Thames River.

His first published pamphlet was ‘A Dissertation upon Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain’ which argued that humans lack free will and thus are not morally responsible for their actions.

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