Lead: Among the core founders of the American republic, Benjamin Franklin is considered by many to be the most accomplished in many fields and, of course, he was the oldest.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Franklin’s life spanned the eighteenth century and he engaged himself in many of the important cultural, political and intellectual developments that mark that singular period. He was 10 among the sons of Josiah Franklin, a Boston soap and candle-maker. Ben had little formal education and began his working life at the age of 12 apprenticed to his brother James from whom he learned the print trade. During that period Franklin began to experiment with the epigrammatic writing style that would distinguish his work and make his fortune in the years ahead.

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