Short Summary:Biography Of Benjamin Franklin-Inventions & Quotes

 Short Summary : Biography Of Benjamin Franklin

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” 
                                                                                                                                                 ― Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was the 15th son of the Franklin family. He was from Northampton shire, England. From childhood, he didn't like his father's trade work. He loved to read and write. So, his father sent him to work with his brother, James, a printer. But there too James and Benjamin clashed most of the times. So, he left that work too. In search of work, he went to New York and then to Philadelphia where he was hired by Samuel Keimer.


The Governor, Sir William Keith, noticed Franklin's work and was impressed. He offered Franklin that he would help Franklin to set up his own printing business. On the recommendation of Keith, Franklin went to London to find the printing supplies. But he was shocked by knowing the truth that there was no such letter of recommendation as promised by Keith. So, he was forced to stay at the London Printing House. After several months of struggle, he got another offer from merchant Denham that he would provide him the job of becoming the clerk and manager at Denham Merchant store, Philadelphia. Unfortunately, this job lasted for only a few months, till the death of Denham. After his death, Franklin managed to return to Keimer's shop.

Soon Keimer discovered that Franklin's wages were too high to handle, so he intentionally provoked a quarrel and made him left his shop. Later Hugh Meredith, an employee of Keith's shop suggested Franklin that they should start their own business as Hugh was not much a printing press kind of guy so, the press would be funded by Hugh's father and most of the work would be done by Franklin alone.

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Both of them started their business and they were doing great. Eventually, words reached to Keimer and out of jealousy he released a paper named The Pennsylvania Gazette. This paper brought great success to Keimer until Franklin bought it and made it more profitable than before. At this point, the success of  Franklin was at its pinnacle. But the partnership of Franklin and Hugh didn't last for long. Soon Hugh and his father faced a financial crisis but none of them wanted to stop Franklin. So both of them gave half of their share to Franklin to run the business in his own name. In 1730 he married Deborah Read whom he courted at England before leaving. With some help, he got enlisted in the Pennsylvania Assembly. Farther he also proposed for creating Library Company of Philadelphia. here ends part one.


In this part, he told about a project, "bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection" that he started to attain perfection. He was telling this part of the story when he was at Passy, Paris in 1784. At this point, he told about 13 virtues which he targeted to attain perfection with each virtue in each week. but soon he realized that he was not a man of taking orders. It was the hardest thing about his life to keep. So, he left the project but he also realized that perfection is not to be attained.


In part three he told about his journey to politics and science. On 1736 he became Clerk of the General Assembly. This was the first time he entered politics. The following year he became Comptroller to the Postmaster General. He did many good jobs or society. He improved the police system, defense system, fire prevention regulation, tax system.

In 1740 Franklin invented Franklin Stove. He refused to make it patent. He always thought about the good of the people. He also experimented with electricity. The research papers were published as a book in England. His work was highly appreciated by other scientists, later he was voted as an honorary member of the Royal Society. Later he arrived in England on July 27,1757.


In the last part, it was shown how Franklin's work became popular at international level and how his life became history to us. He left us on April 17, 1790.

“Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal” 
                                                                                                                                        ― Benjamin Franklin

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