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Inventor, entrepreneur, scientist, diplomat, writer, and Founding Father—Benjamin Franklin used to be essentially the most remarkable humans the area has ever recognized. right here, from New York Times bestselling writer Davidson Butler, is his tale.

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Once, Franklin stopped at a Rhode Island tavern on a rainy day to find two dozen travelers crowded around the room’s only fire. ” gasped the boy. “You heard me, a quart of oysters,” Franklin boomed. The boy obeyed, and everyone stampeded out the door to see the horse who ate oysters. The horse refused the oysters. Baffled, the group returned to the tavern to find Deputy Postmaster General Franklin sitting in the chair closest to the fire. His job as postmaster allowed Franklin to justify occasional retreats from the pressures of Philadelphia.

Franklin began thinking of the thirteen colonies as a nation that must be formed. Before he began to study electricity, Franklin had tried to unite Americans with a common interest in science by founding the American Philosophical Society. Its purpose was to pool scientific knowledge and apply it to American life. The response was disappointing, partly because the mail service took up to six weeks to deliver a letter from Boston to Philadelphia, and letters frequently were lost by post riders and postmasters.

Benjamin tried to soothe these feelings, but he was not always successful. The household had grown, too, to include servants to help with the cooking, housework, and caring for Deborah’s mother, who lived with them. There were apprentices to take on other chores and run errands. Deborah devoted most of her time to Sarah. Benjamin was preoccupied with his work. He gave William early drafts of his Almanack to proofread, and William also proved useful as a bookkeeper and supervised his father’s apprentices.

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