Ben Franklin Essay

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“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” (Bat Ben, Thinkexist) This quote by Benjamin Franklin demonstrates the mindset he throughout his life, and the reasons for his overwhelming influence and success of his accomplishments. Benjamin Franklin has been known to be one of the greatest political advisors in the mid-1700’s and an significant part of the establishment of our own independence after the Revolutionary war. Ben was also a brilliant inventor of many efficient and well known creations, some of which we still use today. Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts (“Ben Franklin’s Curious Mind”). Franklin was the 15th child of his family, and his Father, Josiah Franklin, was a candle maker. Ben’s father had big dreams for his son, which resulted in him being sent to a grammar school to eventually become a well-educated man. Ben only spent a year at this grammar school, excelling in reading and writing, but struggling with his math skills. After this year at a grammar school, his father realized that he would not be able to support his big family and send young Benjamin to an expensive school, so he was sent to a different school where his math skills increased. When Benjamin was 10 years old, however, he was taken out of schooling and was to learn the family business of candle making from his father. Ben did not want to to continue in his father’s footsteps as a candle maker, and by the age of 12, he became a trainee as a printer for his older brother, James Franklin. It was here that Franklin began reading a great deal of books, and grew very successful at writing essays (Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia). Even though he had only received a school education until the age of 10, Benjamin would better improve his knowledge by reading a broad range of

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