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Edwin S. Gaustad

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305357

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305357.001.0001

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B. Franklin, Printer

B. Franklin, Printer

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Benjamin Franklin

Edwin S. Gaustad

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By October 7, 1723, after a miserable journey, Benjamin was ready to confront the commercial bustle of Philadelphia. Samuel Keimer and Andrew Bradford gave him part-time work in order to get by. Despite his youth, Benjamin soon recognized that he knew more about the printing business than either of his employers. While awaiting the progress of the proposals of Sir William Keith, the colony's governor, Benjamin kept busy in Keimer's print shop and in intensifying his friendship with Deborah Read. In 1729, he bought out Keimer's newspaper, The Pennsylvania Gazette. In 1730, he bought Hugh Meredith's share in their partnership. He also formed Junto, a discussion club of like-minded, energetic, young men. The same year he also married Deborah Read. Franklin's printing businesses throughout the colonies prospered. Having comfortable income, he retired from active business a printer in 1748.

Keywords:   Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia, Samuel Keimer, Andrew Bradford, William Keith, Deborah Read, Junto, printing business

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