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Born in Boston on January 17, 1706, Benjamin Franklin was the tenth son of soap maker Josiah Franklin, who fathered 17 children. Benjamin's mother was Abiah Folger, the second wife of Josiah.
Franklin died on April 17, 1790 at the age of 84. 20,000 people attended the funeral.
Some of his major achievements include: