Argumentative Essay on Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was a man of many accomplishments, the accomplishments he had affected
the world of today and the world soon to come. Franklin’s parents were like any other
parents then. Franklin’s dad, Josiah Franklin, was an Englishman. He moved to Boston in
1685 from England bringing his wife and three children. Anne who was Josiah’s wife had
four more children. The sixth one died five days after birth, and then eighteen months
later Anne was bearing the seventh child and she died a week later. Like all men at the
time Josiah had a trade. He was a dyer. Later he abandoned his trade and became a
tallow-chandler instead. Josiah being married once before married Abiah Folger (McMaster
3). Abiah Folger bore Josiah Franklin 10 more children. The fifteenth of the seventeen
children was Benjamin Franklin (McMaster 3).

Franklin was born on the seventeen of January 1706. Like every Boston boy he could read
and write, knew something about history, and had knew a few Orthodox Catechism scriptures
by heart (McMaster 3).

“The story of the life of Ben Franklin began at a time when Queen Anne still ruled the
colonies; when the colonies were but ten in number, and when the population of the ten did
not sum up to be four hundred thousand souls; ... when pirates infested the Atlantic
coast; when there was no such thing as a stage coach in the land; ...and when Ann Pollard,
the first white women that ever set foot on the soil of Boston, was still enjoying a hale
old age” (McMaster 1).

“It was when he seven that Franklin had another experience he often recalled. One holiday
they gave him a little money to spend on whatever he liked. He headed straight for the
toy shop but on the way met a boy blowing a whistle. Charmed by the sound, he gave the
boy all his money for it. Coming home, he whistled piercingly all over the small house,
annoying his family. When he told them of the bargain he had made, they teased him for
paying four times of what the silly whistle was worth. He realized how many good things
he could have bought for the money, and while they laughed, he cried. It was a lesson he
never forgot” (Meltzer 23). Franklin’s education started at home. At the age of eight he
went to Latin school. George Brownell taught him soon after he was finished with Latin
school. He went there regularly until his teacher stopped teaching the boys to go teach
the young women of the school. After this took place he ended his schooling at

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the age of ten (McMaster 3).
After schooling Franklin had many jobs. His jobs were to cut wicks, mold candles, and
tended the shop. His dream at this time was to sail the open seas. His dad tried to
teach him a trade to keep him on land then him going to sea (McMaster 4).

Franklin tried many trades when he was young. He thought most of the trades as boring.
The trade he liked the most was the trade of a printer. He liked the process of printing
and the process never seemed to get dull to him. This was the trade for him (Meltzer 39).

Franklin then went to work as an apprentice for his half brother James. He worked hard
and he learned the trade well over time. James customers had James print their books for
them. He was a mischievous boy of his age and would smuggle the books from James. He
would stay up late and read the books then he would wake up and return the books early in
the morning so James would not miss it (Kent 11). One of his customers stimulated him
with one of their books, he decided to try his own hand in writing. He wrote about the
Pirate Black Beard drowning a family. James liked his writing so much that he published
it. The people liked his writing. This was the stuff that the public wanted to hear
about (Meltzer 39). His writing gave him a great lead for his life, it would be proven to
do him some good later in life. Later he started to debate with his friends. To people
who differed from him thought of him as obnoxious and stopped listening to him debate
(Meltzer 40).

In 1721, James decided to publish his own newspaper (Meltzer 40-45). He called his
newspaper the New England Courant. The newspaper was combined with printing of other
books. James saw a new age of newspapers. Newspapers that let poets and essayist express
themselves (Meltzer 40-45).

Franklin next went to work for an old printer, Samuel Keimer. Samuel gave him the job he needed
and payed him high wages for it. He was the foreman of the shop (Kent 39). Business was
bad at the time. Franklin taught four workers the trade and the business grew again.
Samuel began to think that Franklin was becoming useless and cut his wages. This forced
Franklin to walk out on Samuel six months later. Since this had happened, Franklin
started a rival paper called the Pennsylvania Gazette (Kent 39). This paper caused Samuel
to go broke nine months later. Samuel then sold the paper to Franklin and Meredith.
Franklin advertised in his paper things he needed to sell. If the public wanted something
he didn’t have he would get it

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for them if he could make a profit with doing so (Meltzer 66-69)
Franklin felt it was time to seek a bride. He needed to find a bride to satisfy his
“Sexual appetite” (Meltzer 74). This aggravated problem pushed him into having affairs
with young women he met on the street. He now showed his attention to Deborah Read. He
married Deborah on the September 1, 1730. He was twenty four when they married. Deborah
was nothing like her husband Franklin. Deborah was poorly educated, but she was
affectionate and delightful (Meltzer 74-75).

Franklin’s gazette, unlike any other, reported the full story. He reported detailed local
events. He reported in detail fires, natural disasters, thefts, accidents, murders, and
also rapes . They were so detailed often others stole his writing. The newspaper
profited him greatly (Meltzer 77).

In 1732, Franklin published the first issue of the Poor Richard’s Almanac (Kent 41). It
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