Chronology
1683 Franklin's father, Josiah, emigrates to New
England.
1706 Born in Boston; baptized at Old South
Church.
1722 "Silence Dogood" published in New Eng-
land Courant
.
1723 Runs away to Philadelphia.
1724-26 In England; works at printer's trade.
1725 Writes and prints A Dissertation on Liber-
ty and Necessity
.
1727 Forms the Junto.
1729 Begins publishing The Pennsylvania Ga-
zette
.
Publishes pamphlet on paper currency.
1730 Appointed printer to the Pennsylvania As-
sembly. Takes Deborah Read to wife.
1731 Founds the Library Company of Philadel-
phia.
1732 Begins publishing Poor Richard: An Al-
manack
; continued annually until 1758.
1735 Defends Rev. Samuel Hemphill.
1736 Appointed clerk of the Assembly. Forms
Union Fire Company.
1737 Appointed postmaster of Philadelphia.
1739 Begins friendship with George Whitefield.
1741 Publishes The General Magazine.
1743 Publishes Proposal for Promoting Useful
Knowledge
.

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  • The GREAT AMERICAN THINKERS Series ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Chronology xi
  • Chapter I- Boyhood Training 1
  • Chapter II- Early Readinq 9
  • Chapter III- Skepticism and Orthodoxy 32
  • Chapter IV- Business, Personal, and Civic Virtue 55
  • Chapter V- Science 78
  • Chapter VI- Politics 88
  • Chapter VII- Vision of Empire- From Loyalty to Revolution 111
  • Chapter VIII- The Art of Congeniality 135
  • Chapter IX- International Relations 149
  • Chapter X- Religion 163
  • Chapter XI- The Public Philosophy of a Saqe 185
  • Selected Bibliography 213
  • Index 221
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