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Where did Benjamin Franklin got his education?


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August 10, 2012 2:52PM

Franklin went to school for only two years as a child in Boston. He got most of his education from reading voraciously.

As a young printer, he was able to read whatever was printed there, but few books were published in the colonies. Books were too expensive for him to afford to buy many. In Philadelphia, he formed a group of young men like himself to discuss the issues of the day and they pooled their books to create a library, but even that was too small. Franklin came up with the idea of each member of the group contributing a small amount to a common fund to buy books that the whole group could read, creating a subscription library that gave working-class people access to knowledge in book form that was very rare at the time.