Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin's Biograhy

Benjamin Franklin was born January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was one of seventeen children growing up in his family. He went to school for two years but had to drop out so he could work as a candle maker for his father, but he continued teaching himself. He resolved his conflicted and accomplished many others things and became a well known military hero. He died on April 17, 1790 in Philadelphia, PA.

Benjamin Franklin's Obstacle

His obstacle was Character vs. Society. After two years working for his father, he started working for his brother James in a print shop. James wouldn't allow Benjamin to publish his own work so Benjamin did under another name. He became famous for publishing his own work but his brother found out and became jealous. James forced Benjamin to leave which is against the law. Benjamin ended up in Philadelphia with three pennies. He went to a bakery and spent his money on bread with enough to spare him for a couple of days.
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His Resolution

Benjamin went out and searched for a job. It was easy for him to find one because of his skills in the print shop. He starts a very successful printing business after he borrows money from the bank to start it.
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Inspiring Quotes

Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants. -Benjamin Franklin

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. -Benjamin Franklin


1. Wrote Poor Richards Almanac

2. Created first Volunteer fire department

3. Aided in the repeal of the Stamp Act

4. Invented the lightning rod

5. He created the first political cartoon published in the U.S

6. Invented the Bifocals

7. He was part of the committee of five that drafted the Deceleration of Independence

8. He played an important role in getting french assistance in the revolution

9. He was the first postmaster general

10. instrumental in the establishment of the University of Philadelphia

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Benjamin's 13 virtues

1. Temperance- Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

2. Silence- Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

3.Order- Let all your things have their place; let each part of your business have its time.

4. Resolution- Resolve to preform what you ought; preform without fail what you resolve.

5. Frugality- Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.

6. Industry- Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

7. Sincerity- Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

8. Justice- Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

9. Moderation- Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they would.

10. Cleanliness- Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes or habitation.

11. Chasity- Rarely used venery but for health or offspring; Never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.

12. Tranquility- Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or avoidable.

13. Humility- Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

Benjamin's Life Theme

Benjamin life theme is you can get through any sticky situation. Throughout his life he has had many ups and down. First, he had to drop out of school because it cost to much but that didn't let him down, so he taught himself. Second, when his brother said he couldn't create any newspaper articles he did it under another name. Finally, when his brother kicked him out, he continued having hope and borrowed enough money to start his own printing business.
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Works Cited

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