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Benjamin Franklin's Childhood

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Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706, Benjamin Franklin was one of seventeen children of Josiah Franklin, and his wife, Abiah Folger. Franklin’s mother did not conceive all seventeen children. In 1677, Josiah Franklin married Anne Child. They had three kids in England: Elizabeth, Samuel and Hannah. Then the family moved to Boston, having four more children. Their names were Josiah Jr., Ann, Joseph (I) and Joseph (II). After Anne Child died in 1689, Josiah soon moved on and married Abiah Folger. The two then had ten children: John, Peter, Mary, James, Sarah, Ebenezer, Thomas, Benjamin, Lydia, and Jane. Growing up, Franklin thoroughly enjoyed reading and writing. When Benjamin was eight years old, his father sent him to South Grammar
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