The Improper Bostonian
Benjamin Franklin, born in Boston in 1706, was the son of a soap maker, Josiah. Benjamin was the 10th and the youngest son in the family. After two years in grammar school, young Benjamin was brought into his father's shop as an apprentice and a general handyman. In his Autobiography, Benjamin describes his duties and his general distaste for them. He served as his brother James's apprentice until age 21 at the printing shop. This arrangement gave him access to books. By the time he was 16, he wrote 14 short essays for The New-England Courant. When James was briefly imprisoned, young Benjamin took over the editorial responsibilities of the Courant. He had moved beyond the status of apprentice, appearing as a threat to the master. After disagreeing much with his brother, he then resolved to depart Boston in secret.
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