Ben Franklin

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Some say George Washington is the father of our country but the contributions made by Ben Franklin cannot be overlooked. His love of reading, sense of humor and need to improve himself and others gave him the ambition to achieve many things that benefited all the country.
Born in 1706, Ben Franklin was the fifteenth child and youngest son in a family of seventeen children. Being of modest means, the children were put to work as apprentices in various fields, at early ages. This gave Ben Franklin a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility early in life. Ben Franklin was sent to school at the age of eight, his father’s, Josiah, plan was for him to go into ministry. “… my father intending to devote me, as the tithe of his sons, to the service of the church” (7). At the age of 10 Franklin was put to work as apprentice to his father, a tallow chandler and sope-boiler. It was about this time he learned a valuable lesson about honestly. Having a love for the sea he and several friends took some rocks and built a wharf. Upon being discovered and defending his actions as being useful his father teaches him “nothing was useful which was not honest” (8). Several years later Franklin was sent to apprentice his brother James in the printing business, this is where he will further develop his communication and writing skills.
Josiah, through the use of dinner conversations, also helped him develop the communication skills he would latter use to develop the Junto Club and the American Philosophical Society. He would try to make sure there was a useful topic upon which his children may learn. The purpose of the Junto club was mutual self-improvement. The American Philosophical Society was developed to give the scientists of the time a place to communicate their discoveries and theories. Ben Franklin’s writing skills…...

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