An apprentice to his brother at twelve, a writer at sixteen, a printer at twenty-two, and an inventor at thirty-six, Benjamin Franklin was a renowned polymath and a scientist extraordinaire. A member of the Committee of Five that drafted and presented America’s Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and was titled ‘The First American. With his wit and wisdom shining through every page of this remarkable autobiography, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin brings for us one of the first examples of the fulfilment of the American Dream. Though an unfinished record, this work continues to remain the most influential autobiography ever written.
“I was born in Boston, New England, and owe my first instructions in literature to the free grammar-schools established there. I therefore give one hundred pounds sterling to my executors, to be by them … paid over to the managers or directors of the free schools in my native town of Boston, to be by them … put out to interest, and so continued at interest forever, which interest annually shall be laid out in silver medals, and given as honorary rewards annually by the directors of the said free schools belonging to the said town, in such manner as to the discretion of the selectmen of the said town shall seem meet.”