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A Man Ahead Of His Time

Published on 1/10/2018
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A Man Ahead Of His Time

The Early Years


“Benjamin Franklin was an accomplished revolutionary, but his private life reveals a complex personality”


On a cold wintery day, in colonial Boston, Benjamin Franklin was born on the 17th of January in the brand new year of 1706. There were 17 children, but Franklin himself, was the eighth of ten offspring within the second marriage for Josiah and his wife Abiah.

His formal education ended at 10, but Franklin was a dedicated reader and taught himself how to become a skilled writer and much later, an eloquent speaker.

 In the year of 1721, in Boston there was two newspapers in the city and only reprinted the news from abroad. The first real newspaper for the city of Boston was introduced by James, Franklin’s brother. Named, The New England Courant. At the age of 15, Franklin went to work for James as an apprentice.

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Ben wanted to write for the paper but knew his brother would not let him do so.  He began writing letters to the paper at night using the name of a fictional widow, Silence DoGood. He would sneak the letters under the print shop door at night and no one knew who was writing the letters.

“The widow did not like how women in general were being treated and was critical of world around her.” The letters were a hit and everyone wanted to know who the widow was.

“After 16 letters, Ben confessed that he had been writing the letters all along.” This pretty much put the two brothers at odds with one another and James, being quite jealous, began to beat Franklin.

Just as it is now in most states, running away was illegal. But nevertheless, Ben found himself on a boat one night bound for New York City. He tried to find work as a printer and when he could not, he walked across the state of New Jersey. Then Benjamin got on a boat headed for Philadelphia.

"Many people die at 25 and aren't buried until they are 75"

~ Benjamin Franklin

He arrived in the city on that day cold, wet and disheveled. After his debarking from the boat he found a shop that sold rolls. As he counted out the last of his monies to the shopkeeper, Deborah Read spotted him. It was October 6, 1723. She thought that he seemed quite odd, never dreaming that seven years later they would be husband and wife.

Franklin found work in Philadelphia as an apprentice printer. The governor of Pennsylvania liked his work and promised to set him up in business if Franklin would go to London to buy fonts and the printing equipment. So, Franklin went to London, but the governor and his promise never came about and so Benjamin had no choice but to stay in England and spent several months doing print work.

Before leaving for London, he had been living with the Read family. The girl that saw him when he first arrived, Deborah Read, started talking marriage. Ben did not think he was ready. While he was gone, she married another man.

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 “Read’s first husband later abandoned her; however, due to bigamy laws, she and Franklin could not have an official wedding ceremony.”

In 1726 Franklin returned from London and opened up a print shop two years later. He worked all of the time and soon his business was growing. He produced a wide range of work from pamphlets to books and currency. And he also received a government contract.

Franklin went on to achieve fame and further financial success. There were inventions. And much later, his important part of The American Revolution.

“In an era when wealth came primarily from birth or marriage, agriculture, the sea or was bestowed by the Crown, Franklin was able to put together an integrated network of urban businesses using a strategy that seems as “21st century” as any internet startup (but without a pitch deck to convince VCs he should be funded)”

“Franklin never patented any of his inventions, choosing rather to “open source” them (long before the term “open source” existed).”


"You may delay but time will not" ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Franklin had used a 21st Century approach to his 18th century business”

In conclusion:

Benjamin Franklin was a visionary. During all of the extraordinary bad happenings in his early life, he may have been there physically, but he never allowed his mind and spirit to be a part of the circumstances of the current events.

He instead moved them into the future of where he was going.


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