Ben Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston, Massachusetts.
It was a devoted Puritan household. (The Puritans were a religious group that stood against the practices of the Church of England.) In 1683 his family had left England and moved to New England in search of religious freedom. Franklin's father was a candlemaker and a mechanic, but, his son said, his "great Excellence lay in a sound Understanding, and solid Judgment." Franklin also praised his mother, who raised a family of thirteen children.
Father: Josiah Franklin – a candle maker and devout Anglican.
Mother: Abiah Folger - orphaned at 12 and regarded as being being extremely demanding.
Siblings: Nine brothers and sisters and nine half brothers and half sisters. He was apprenticed to his brother James who was a printer.
Wife: Deborah Read. She had actually been married to a man named John Rodgers who fled without giving her a divorce. Therefore, she was unable to marry Franklin. They lived together and had a common law marriage in 1730.
Children: Franklin had one illegitimate child named William who was the last loyalist governor of New Jersey. The mother of his child was never established. William lived with and was raised by his father and Deborah Read. He also had two children with Deborah: Francis who died when he was four and Sarah.
I always liked his Quotes.
Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 1790 1735 - Poor Richard's Almanac "Some are weather-wise, some are otherwise."
April 1735 - Poor Richard's Almanac "Necessity never made a good bargain." 1748 "Remember that time is money."
1758 - Poor Richard's Almanac "He that lives upon hope will die fasting." 1758 - Poor Richard's Almanac "A little neglect may breed mischief ... for want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost."
July 1776 - At the Signing of the Declaration of Independence: "We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately."
September 11, 1783 "There never was a good war, or a bad peace."
November 13, 1789 - Letter to Jean Baptiste Le Roy: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
April 1778 "Man is a tool-making animal." When asked what was the use of a new invention, Franklin replied: "What is the use of a new-born child?"
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