Category: Freedom Fighters

Bullet-Point Bio: Benjamin Franklin

-Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston Massachusetts.

-Benjamin’s parents sent him to the Boston Latin School for 2 years.  After two years, he was taken out of school because they didn’t have enough money to have him continue.  At age 12 he became an apprentice for his brother James, who was a printer.

-When his brother started The New-England Courant, Franklin was not allowed to submit a letter for publication in the paper.  He started using the pseudonym “Silence Dogood” to get his writings published.  His writings under this pseudonym were well-known around town and often discussed.

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Bullet-Point Bio: George Clymer

-George Clymer was born March 16, 1739 and orphaned at the age of 1.  His lived with his maternal aunt and uncle and apprenticed under them.

-Hannah and William Coleman, his maternal aunt and uncle, trained him to become a merchant.

-In March of 1765, George Clymer married Elizabeth Meredith.  In total, they had 9 children, though 4 of them died in infancy.  One of their children, John Meredith, died at the age of 18 in the Whiskey Rebellion.

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Bullet-Point Bio: John Witherspoon 

• John Witherspoon was born on February 5, 1722 in Gifford Scotland.  He was the oldest child of Reverend James Witherspoon and Anne Walker.

• He attended the Haddington Grammar School, and in 1739 he received his Master of Arts from the University of Edinburgh.

• Witherspoon was very much against the Roman Catholic Jacobite rising that occurred in 1745-1746.  Because of that, when the Battle of Falkirk happened and the Jacobites won the battle, he was briefly imprisoned at Doune Castle.

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Bullet-Point Bio: Francis Hopkinson 

  • Francis Hopkinson was born on September 21, 1737 in Philadelphia.
  • He went to the College of Philadelphia in 1751 and graduated in 1757.
  • He also studied Law in the office of Benjamin Chew.  Later on he studied with the Bishop of Worcester in England.
  • He is known for his writing of music, poetry, and satire.  Some of his famous writings are A Pretty Story, The Prophecy, and The Political Catechism 

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