James Franklin


James Franklin Famous memorial

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 4 Feb 1735 (aged 38)
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID 59899116 View Source

Printer. Older brother of Benjamin Franklin. Ben served as his apprentice from ages 12 to 17. James founded the New England Courant, for which Ben secretly wrote letters under the pen name Silence Dogood. When James learned Dogood's true identity, he was displeased with Ben, who then ran away to Philadelphia. James married Ann Smith on his 26th birthday in 1723. When the Courant was shut down 4 years later, the couple moved to Rhode Island and started a new publication, the Rhode Island Almanack. On his 38th birthday and 12th wedding anniversary, James died after a long illness.

Bio by: Collins Crapo


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died Febry ye 4th
1734/5 age
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  • Originally Created by: Collins Crapo
  • Added: 10 Oct 2010
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