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Benjamin Franklin The author, writing his Autobiography in his old age, reveals himself to be something of a “renaissance man,” skilled in many fields: business, science, public affairs, and diplomacy. He believes in hard work, honesty, and the capacity of all men to improve themselves. He possesses a subtle sense […]

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Benjamin Franklin was the youngest son and 15th of 17 children of Josiah Franklin, a soap and candle maker who had immigrated to Boston from Northamptonshire, England. Because he disliked his father’s trade but loved reading, he was apprenticed at the age of 12 to his brother James, a printer. […]

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