What All History Lovers Should Know About Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (center) at work on a printing press. Reproduction of a Charles Mills painting by the Detroit Publishing Company. US Library of Congress Prints/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain.

30. Benjamin Franklin Became A Popular Writer As A Teenager

Benjamin’s father, Josiah, believed that skill was better than education. Therefore, he sent a teenage Benjamin to go to work with his brother, James, who had just opened a printing press. While Benjamin was interested in printing, he was more interested in writing, but James would not allow Benjamin to write anything. However, this did not stop young Ben as he started to write articles at night and slide them under the door for James to find. Benjamin never used his name, so James did not know it was Benjamin writing the articles, at least not until later.