“The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.” –Benjamin Franklin. A man worthy of honorable mention, Benjamin Franklin was one of the smarter individuals who lived in the United States of America. From playing a role in drafting the Declaration of Independence to helping draft the United States Constitution, Ben has many accomplishments under his belt. Beings how smart he is, he has many achievements, including some facts that many people do not know about.
Born in Boston on January 17th, 1706, Ben had 16 siblings (10 which were full siblings). He attended Boston Latin School and had a very successful education there. Despite how well he was doing, Ben was removed to work with his father in making candles at 10 years old. When Ben turned 12 he was apprenticed to his brother, James, who owned a printing shop. Their father did this because he was afraid Ben would go out to sea like one of the other brothers. Ben saw this as a fitting opportunity and did well, despite his brother’s harsh treatment.
Although Ben was a very good writer, his brother never published any of his works. To work around this problem, Ben took on the character of “Mrs. Silence Dogood”. “Her” 14 letters, which were witty and imaginative, were published into Ben’s newspaper, The New England Courant. When James found out what his brother was doing, he became extremely angry at Ben. Following this issue, Ben promptly abandoned his apprenticeship and escaped to New York and eventually settled in Philadelphia, where he lived for the remainder of his life. To further his education in the printing trade, Ben lodged at the home of John Read in 1723. It is here he met and courted Read’s daughter Deborah.
Under the auspices of William Keith, the Pennsylvania Governor, Ben left for London to pick up promised printing equipment and fonts. But, the governor reneged, or broke this promise, and Ben was stuck in England for several months doing print work. While he was away, Deborah had married another man by the name of John Rogers, whom was a very unloving husband. When Ben returned to Philadelphia, he became a printer’s helper. But since he was a better printer then his boss, Ben borrowed some money and set himself up in the printing business. Beginning to be noticed more and more, he got a contract to do government jobs. Because of this, his business thrived. In 1728, Ben fathered a child named William, whose mother was never known. On a side-note; Deborah’s husband, John Rogers, had left her to run off to Barbados. This made her eligible for remarriage. In 1730, Benjamin Franklin and Deborah Read had finally married. Later on, the Franklin’s ran a store that sold things from soaps to fabrics. Ben had also opened a book store.
In 1729, Benjamin decided he wanted to produce newspapers. He...