August 21, 2014

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Pennsylvania's nine signers of the Declaration of Independence

Among the signers of the Declaration of Independence of Pennsylvania there were nine representatives from Pennsylvania with the best known of them no doubt being Benjamin Franklin. Born in Boston in 1706, he was the tenth of seventeen children born to Josiah Franklin, a soap maker, and his second wife, Abiah Folger. It was Josiah's desire that his son enter into the clergy, but clergymen needed years of schooling and the father could only afford to send his son for one year. Therefore, young Franklin was apprenticed to his brother James, a printer. He would help his brother compose pamphlets and set type which was grueling work and then 12-year-old Benjamin would sell their products in the streets of the city.