Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the tenth born into a large family whose father was a soap and candle maker. Although he received some formal education, he was principally self-taught. He managed to teach himself simple algebra and geometry, logic, navigation, history, science, English grammar and five other languages. After being an apprentice to his father between the ages of ten and twelve, he went to work for his half brother, James, who was a printer. In 1721, they founded The New England Courant, and Benjamin secretly contributed fourteen essays to it which were his first published writings. In 1723, he moved to Philadelphia where he was employed as a printer. He later moved to London for a short time before returning to Philadelphia where he rose quickly in the printing industry. He published the "Pennsylvania Gazette" and the famous "Poor Richards Almanac". He marri...