National Affairs: Boston's Franklin

Because Statesman & Scientist Benjamin Franklin won his fame in Phila- delphia, few but historians are prone to associate him with Boston. He was Boston-born Jan. 6, 1706, son of Josiah Franklin, a tallow chandler. Not until 1723, after he had written many an essay for his brother James's New England Courant, "first sensational newspaper in America," did Benjamin Franklin migrate to Philadelphia.

Last week Franklin's Boston birth, his affection for Boston, caused a wrangle between city officials and directors of the Franklin Fund. A codicil to Franklin's will bequeathed to the "town...

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