After Bens brother-in-law showed the governor one of Bens letters the governor was stunned by his mastery of wordplay and sent out to meet this great writer. The governor wanted Ben to start his own printing company, but Ben’s father would not finance his print shop, so the Governor told Franklin that he would in fact finance the start of his printing company, after Ben journeys to London to setup business connections, and buy supplies for the company.
After a little searching, and a little help from another printer's father, Franklin found work at Keimer's printing house. Through his acquaintances Franklin managed to get support from the governor, but not his father, to set up a printing shop; all this and he wasn't even twenty-one years of age! However, when he went to London to pick up printing supplies he discovered that the governor whom he thought supported him had lied to him about setting up a printing shop. Having found this out, he searched for and found work at a famous printing house in London. Franklin stayed in London for eighteen months before heading back to Pennsylvania.
Josiah was a soap and candlemaker, who lived in Boston, Massachusetts with his second wife, Abiah Folger. Although Franklin learned to read at an early age, he only attended grammar school for two years. By the time he was 10 years old, Franklin was working for his father. However, he didn’t enjoy the candlemaking profession, and two years later, Franklin was apprenticed to his brother James, a printer. For five years, Franklin sought to master the printers' trade.
He was the convinced to go to London by Sir William Keith who supposedly wanted to start a new newspaper, however this was untrue. Franklin worked in London as a compositor in a printers shop and then returned to Philadelphia in 1726 with the help of a merchant who gave Franklin a position as clerk, shopkeeper and bookkeeper in his merchant business. In 1727 at the age of 21 Benjamin created the Junto, this was a group of aspiring artisan and tradesmen who wanted to improve themselves as they improved their community. The members of the Ju... ... middle of paper ... ...s. He sailed into British waters and had a great fight against the British, eventually two proud British ships surrendered and they were taken to French waters as American prices. He conducted the affairs of the United States with great success, he was able to secure a military alliance in 1778 and was able to negotiate the Treaty of Paris, and this led to the end of the American Revolutionary war.
Benjamin and his brother James composed pamphlets and set type and Benjamin would sell their stuff in the streets. At the age of 15 Benjamin’s brother James started his own newspaper “Courant”, it included reprinted articles from Europe, advertisements and ship scheduals . He wanted very much to write himself but his brother James would not let him, he was his apprentice. So Benjamin started secretly writing letters at night and signing them “Silent Dogwood”. People thought Dogwood was a middle-aged widow who was funny and had intelligent things to say.
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.
He did so well that the governor of Pennsylvania promised to set him up in business if he went to London for print stamps and fonts. However, upon his arrival, the governor changed his mind, leaving young Franklin in England, once again printmaking. Upon his returning to Philadlephia, he opened up his own business on a loan and worked nonstop. Soon enough, the whole town became aware of his diligent lifestyle. Franklin was never caught wasting time.
Printer & Writer Franklin left school at ten years old when he was pressed into his father's trade. At twelve Ben was apprenticed to his half brother James, a printer of The New England Courant. He generally absorbed the values and philosophy of the English Enlightenment. At the age of 16, Franklin wrote some pieces for the Courant signed "Silence Dogood," in which he parodied the Boston authorities and society (#3). At one point James Franklin was imprisoned for his liberal statements, and Benjamin carried on the paper himself.
In 1717, he began to regain some of the knowledge that he was deprived when he was pulled out of school to work for his father. Franklin began reading writings from such authors as: Plutarch, Defoe, and Mather ("The Electric Franklin"). This education obviously became very important later in his life to him and our country. It is like he said, "Genius without education is like silver in the mine (Glenn)." Ben Franklin grew up extremely quickly by today's standards.
Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the tenth born into a large family whose father was a soap and candle maker. Although he received some formal education, he was principally self-taught. He managed to teach himself simple algebra and geometry, logic, navigation, history, science, English grammar and five other languages. After being an apprentice to his father between the ages of ten and twelve, he went to work for his half brother, James, who was a printer.