Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity by Nick BunkerIn this new account of Franklins early life, Pulitzer finalist Nick Bunker portrays him as a complex, driven young man who elbows his way to success.
From his early career as a printer and journalist to his scientific work and his role as a founder of a new republic, Benjamin Franklin has always seemed the inevitable embodiment of American ingenuity. But in his youth he had to make his way through a harsh colonial world, where he fought many battles with his rivals, but also with his wayward emotions. Taking Franklin to the age of forty-one, when he made his first electrical discoveries, Bunker goes behind the legend to reveal the sources of his passion for knowledge. Always trying to balance virtue against ambition, Franklin emerges as a brilliant but flawed human being, made from the conflicts of an age of slavery as well as reason. With archival material from both sides of the Atlantic, we see Franklin in Boston, London, and Philadelphia as he develops his formula for greatness. A tale of science, politics, war, and religion, this is also a story about Franklins forebears: the talented family of English craftsmen who produced Americas favorite genius.
His father was Josiah Franklin, soap and candle maker. His mother was Abiah Folger, a home maker. Franklin was raised as a Presbyterian. His father, Josiah Franklin, emigrated from England in Boston Latin School is the oldest school in America.
Benjamin Franklin January 17, —April 17, was a scientist, publisher, and statesman in colonial North America, where he lacked the cultural and commercial institutions to nourish original ideas. He dedicated himself to creating those institutions and improving everyday life for the widest number of people, making an indelible mark on the emerging nation. Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, , in Boston, Massachusetts, to Josiah Franklin, a soap and candlemaker, and his second wife Abiah Folger. Josiah Franklin and his first wife Anne Child m. Anne died in and, left with seven children, Josiah soon married a prominent colonist named Abiah Folger. Benjamin was Josiah's and Abiah's eighth child and Josiah's 10th son and 15th child—Josiah would eventually have 17 children.
Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist , politician, Freemason , postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.
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Deborah Read, who he had courted before going to England, had married Roger Potter during his absence. In Potter had ran away to the West Indies escaping creditors. Franklin started courting the girl and expected a large dowry for their marriage. He had planned to use the dowry to pay the remaining debt for the printing house which added to pounds. The parents declined to pay and the relationship was terminated as well as his friendship with Thomas Godfrey. Houghton Library—Harvard College Library. They entered a common-law agreement which protected them from bigamy if her runaway husband returned.