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Benjamin Franklin and His Father's Influence

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Early in his Autobiography, Franklin praises some of his father's qualities: "He had a mechanical Genius too, and on occasion was very handy in the Use of other Tradesmen's Tools. But his great Excellence lay in a sound Understanding, and solid Judgment in prudential Matters, bit in private and public Affairs. I remember well his being frequently visited by leading People, who consulted him for his Opinion on Affairs of the Town or of the Church he belonged to and showed a good deal of Respect for his Judgment and Advice."

What did he value most about his father's example?

From what you remember of the rest of the Autobiography, how did Franklin emulate his father?

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Early in his Autobiography, Franklin praises some of his father's qualities:

"He had a mechanical Genius too, and on occasion was very handy in the Use of other Tradesmen's Tools. But his great Excellence lay in a sound Understanding, and solid Judgment in prudential Matters, bit in private and public Affairs. I remember well his being frequently visited by leading People, who consulted him for his Opinion on Affairs of the Town or of the Church he belonged to and showed a good deal of Respect for his Judgment and Advice."

What did he value most about his father's ...

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This is a brief discussion of Benjamin Franklin's praise of his father's qualities. These include the qualities of hard work and ingenuity as well as inter-personal skills. Additional discussion questions how Franklin emulated these qualities in his own life. Over 350 words of original text.

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