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Ben Franklin: Founding Father and Inventor
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     challenging words:    kite-flying, founding, refused, stranded, equipment, writing, fifteenth, attend, subject, fell, odometer, length, traveled, goal, merchant, lead
     content words:    United States, Ben Franklin, Thomas Denham, Library Company, Pennsylvania Gazette, Fire Company


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Ben Franklin: Founding Father and Inventor
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Who were the founding fathers of the United States? They were men who loved their country. They wanted their country to be free. To accomplish their goal, they were willing to lead the way and die if they had to.
 
2     Ben Franklin was one of those men. He wasn't just a leader of men; he was a leader in thought. Franklin thought about government, but he also thought about science and inventions.
 
3     Ben was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706. He was the fifteenth of seventeen children. His father was a candle and soap maker. There was not much money to send Ben to school, so he could only attend for two years.
 
4     Young Ben did not let that stop him. He began reading a great many books to learn as much as he could.

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