Later then goes to England, spending 18 months working for a printer. In 1726 his comes back to America and starts a debating club called Junto. In 1728 Ben takes control of the Pennsylvania Gzettette makes it profitable through the tools he learned in England. In 1730, Ben marries Deborah Reed and has two children with her. The autobiography stops for a bit and then begins ag... ... middle of paper ... ...en I would have thought.
At one point James Franklin was imprisoned for his liberal statements, and Benjamin carried on the paper himself. Having thus learned to resist oppression, Benjamin refused to suffer his brother's own domineering qualities and in 1723 ran away to Philadelphia (#1). Soon Franklin found a job as a printer. After a year he went to England, where he became a master printer, sowed some wild oats, amazed the locals with his swimming feats, and lived among inspiring writers of London. By 1726 Franklin was tiring of London (#1).
Benjamin Franklin, a larger than life individual in every sense of the word; although his life was riddled with failure, his successes were the driving force of his fame. Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston Massachusetts on January 6th, 1706 to a family of meager means (Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, 1909). His father, Josiah Franklin was a Candle and soap maker while his mother, Abiah Folger was a housewife and mother of twelve children total. Franklin was educated in seminary school until the age of ten where he then left due to money issues. At the age of seventeen Franklin ran away from home to New York first then to Philadelphia looking for work as a printer.
Paine was a Deist, although his Father was a Quaker and Mother was an Anglican. Joseph Paine, his father, was a stay maker and it was tradition that Thomas would apprentice with him and eventually run the business. He did apprentice for a short time during his teen years before running away and enlisting as a privateer on the King of Prussia.2 In 1759 he made his way back to Britain and set up a stay making shop. Then at twenty-two he was married to Mary Lambert. Tragically one year later during childbirth Mary and the child passed away.3 Mary’s father helped Paine land a job as an excise officer.
In 1732, Franklin began compiling and publishing the annual Poor Richard's Almanac. With its homely virtues, it attracted a large amount of people interested in his work and made Franklin's name a household word. Franklin had gotten involved in politics and represented Pennsylvania at the Albany Congress in 1754, called in response to the French and Indian Wars. In 1757, Franklin was sent to England to petition the king for the right to levy taxes. He remained in England for the next five years, and in that time he obtained permission for Pennsylvania to tax the estates of its proprietors, successfully repealed the Stamp Act, and represented the voice of several colonies.
He worked as an apprentice in his brother’s print shop for several years until tension ended their relationship. By this time he was in his late teens. He moved to Philadelphia to continue in the printing business. He did well in Philadelphia but was always unhappy working in someone else’s print shop. The governor of Philadelphia offered him a letter of credit and introduction in England to help secure materials needed to start his own printing business.
Franklin’s brother was later arrested for his criticisms, and in his absence, Franklin continued writing the paper. Franklin later left Boston and headed for Philadelphia. In 1724, Franklin left for England, he then flourished in England and became a master printer and found an interest in politics When Franklin returned he bought his own press and founded The Pennsylvania Gazette (“Benjamin Franklin.” 61). Later on, he wrote the famous Poor Richard's Almanac, which was a book about common sense (Moncrief 342). He quickly climbed to the top, as he became clerk of the Pennsylvania Assembly, and later a Postmaster for Pennsylvania.
He describes his curiosity in craftsmanship and building little machines. He eventually became an apprentice to the cutler trade, but didn’t last long due the fact his cousin wanted to be compensated for the training. He goes into detail about his favorite readings as a young man, and how he and his father eventually came to agreeance of allowing him to follow his passion, and apprentice in the printer’s trade. This was a pivotal event in his life because it gave his a plethora of access to more books that in due course intensified his self-improvement. He served as an apprentice for 9 years.
His writings are still widely known today, especially his autobiography (covering only his early years), which is generally considered one of the finest autobiographies in any language and has appeared in innumerable editions. Scientist Franklin had steadily extended his own knowledge by study of foreign languages, philosophy, and science. He repeated the experiments of other scientists and showed his usual practical bent by inventing such diverse things as the Franklin stove, bifocal eyeglasses, and a glass harmonica (see harmonica 2). The phenomenon of electricity interested him deeply, and in 1748 he turned his printing business over to his foreman, intending to devote his life to science. His experiment of flying a kite in a thunderstorm, which showed that lightning is an electrical discharge (but which he may not have personally performed), and his invention of the lightning rod were among a series of investigations that won him recognition from the leading scientists in England and on the Continent.
When Nathaniel’s wealthy uncle discovered his talents with writing, he was sent to Bowdoin College from 1821 to 1825. In 1846, Hawthorne managed to obtain a position as a surveyor in the Salem Custom House; however, two years later in 1848, he was dismissed because of his affiliation with politics. As quoted in Encyclopedia of World Biography, “Hawthorne obtained in 1846 the position of surveyor (one who maps out new lands) in the Salem Custom House, but was relieved of this position in 1848 because of his political ties” (Advameg, Inc, 2010). However, his dismissal from the Custom House gave him a chance to write his biggest success, The Scarlet Letter. Nathaniel’s Puritan family background had greatly influenced his novel The Scarlet Letter.