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My Life has been good! I have accomplished all that I have possibly wanted and more! I have helped the colonists gain freedom, helped to shape the nation, and set-up it's government. I have done well.
I was born to my parents (Josiah and Abiah) one January 17, 1706 in Boston. I was one of 17 children, I being the 15th. At the age of 8 I went to grammar school until I was 10. Then I went to work for my father, making candles. I found his work boring so at 13 I went to work for my brother, James, as a printer. I wrote articles for my brother as "anonymous" because he wouldn't have printed them otherwise.
I ran away to Philadelphia at age 15 because I had an argument with my brother. There I worked several jobs before I moved to London to finish my training as a printer. When I finished my training I moved back to Philadelphia and bought the Pennsylvania Gazette, a weekly paper. It became a huge success. In 1730 I married my wife, Deborah Read.
Over the next 20 years I did many projects and experiments. One project was the first library in the colonies (Philadelphia Library) which I started in 1731. Another thing I did was to publish Poor Richard's Almanac, which was another huge success. In 1736 I started the first fire department and in 1744 I invented the Franklin Stove. In 1747 I started working with electricity and in 1752 I preformed my famous kite experiment.
In 1750 I was elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly. I was elected to postmaster general, where I transformed the Postal Service. When the French and Indian War began, I lobbied for aid for the British. This is where I gained influence in Europe. I lobbied for the Americans while still supporting the British. When war became inevitable, I came back to the colonies. I was a part of the Second Continental Congress.
I was a big part of the Revolution. I was one of five people that drafted the Declaration of Independence. I then lobbied in France to gain money for the American Revolution, which was successful. I then helped to write the Treaty of Paris. I also helped write the Constitution. I was the only person to sign the Declaration of Independence, Treaty of Paris, and the Constitution of the United States of America.
I died at the age of 84, on April 17, 1790.