Benjamin Franklin: Founding Father Of The US

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Benjamin Franklin Biography

Benjamin Franklin is considered to be one of the founding fathers of the USA. Born on Milk Street, Boston on the seventeenth of January, 1706, he obtained many achievements such as being a well-renowned polymath, a leading author, printer, politician, scientist, inventor and civil activist among many other things.
Franklin was one of seventeen children born to Josiah Franklin, and one of ten to Abiah Folger.
His father, Josiah, wished for Franklin to attend school with the clergy but could only afford to pay for two years of his education. He attended Boston Latin School but did not graduate, instead furthering his education through voracious reading. The schooling ended when Franklin reached the age of ten, and by twelve, he began an apprenticeship with his brother, James, in which he learned the trade of printing.
When he was denied the chance to write a letter to the paper for publication, Benjamin Franklin took the pen name of Silence Doogood, where he began publishing letters and becoming the centre of the town's conversations. Eventually, Franklin abandoned his apprenticeship without James' permission and became a fugitive as a result.

At the age of seventeen, Franklin retreated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in search of a better life, and worked at several printer shops. He left most as he was not satisfied with
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He began his work on what was thought of as the electrical phenomenon in 1746, and insisted that electricity was no different to "vitreous" electricity. Franklin was the first to label them as positive and negative, as well as discovering the principal of conservation of charge. Franklin published a proposal for an experiment in 1750, where he intended to prove that lightning was electricity by flying a kite in a storm. Many scientists tested this, some electrocuted in the process, and confirmed Franklin's
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