Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Flashes from the Past: "Perhaps I was too saucy and provoking..."

This flash from the past, was a rascal when he was young - it's easy to see how he could try the patience of any parent or teacher:

"I was generally a leader among the boys, and sometimes led them into scrapes." Though a young boy, he had a strong sense of himself and threw off his work responsibility to an older brother ("I thought he demeaned me too much in some he required of me"). He finally ran away from home, penniless and jobless. But it wasn't as if he lacked everything. He had his wits and clever tongue to guide him...and as he read voraciously and carefully trained himself in manners and was not averse to working hard, he caught the notice of others pretty quickly.

Who is this? None other than Ben Franklin, inventor of bifocals, the Franklin stove, the lightening rod, installer of the city police and street lighting, organizer of the America Philosophical Society, founder of the University of Pennsylvania, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and critical mediator of the Treaty of Paris.

If you haven't read it, check out his Autobiography. He really was a insightful and he's fun to read. We heard the Founding Fathers didn't want him to write the draft for the Declaration of Independence because they worried that he would put a joke into it...

Autobiography of Ben Franklin

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