Why Is Benjamin Franklin Considered An Imperfect

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By: Chantel Vereen Although Benjamin Franklin has been dead for over 2 centuries, people are still enjoying the fruits of his labor. Franklin is considered to be the best scientist before Thomas Edison, as well as the greatest diplomat America has ever seen. He was an accomplished business man and a successful printer. He stood in the front ranks of the men who built the United States of America, as the only man who signed all four of these key documents in American history: The Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Peace (with Great Britain), and the Constitution of the United States of America. . Even with all this he still had time for his wife and three children. These are all common things that come to mind when you think of this remarkable man. However there is one aspect of Benjamin Franklin's life that is notable as well, but is not often thought of. He was really…show more content…
Benjamin Franklin, being imperfect like the rest of us, fathered a number of illegitimate children. One of the mothers was a young lady he was engaged. He broke off the relationship, because she couldn't bring him a dowry. He later married a house type woman, Deborah Read, and they adopted one of his illegitimate children, and had two others together. During these middle years of his life he worked on getting his printing business off the ground. He succeeded and his printing shop grew and grew. By 1730, at the age of 24, he owned his own printing shop. He then began publishing The Pennsylvania Gazette, of which he wrote much of the material. It grew to become one of the most successful newspapers in the country. His secret for success was that he always watched carefully for new ideas, and he believed that a successful man had to work just a little bit harder than any of his competitors. It was published among 1729 and

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