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Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words

shows the breadth of Franklin's accomplishments through key letters, broadsides, and other documents. This exhibit, marking the tercentenary of Franklin's birth (1706), focuses on his achievements as a politician and statesman, as well as a printer and writer, an inventor and scientist. Topics include the Revolution, the Continental Congress, and the Treaty of Paris. A chronology of his life is provided. (Library of Congress)

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Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the tenth son of Josiah, a candle purveyor, and Abiah Folger. Educated at Boston Grammar School, Benjamin apprenticed with his father, and then his half-brother, Peter, a controversial printer in Boston. Young Franklin struck out on his own in 1723 eventually finding employment as a journeyman printer in Philadelphia.
'Benjamin Franklin.' Juste Chevillet (1729-1802) [after a painting by Joseph Duplessis (1725-1802)]. Né à Boston, dans la Nouvelle Angleterre, le 17 Janv. 1706. Engraving, 1778. Prints

Benjamin Franklin. Né à Boston...

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