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- The Franklin family maintained a proud tradition of free thinking and independence going back to the 1500s at least.
- The Franklin family's move to America was both religiously and economically motivated.
- Benjamin Franklin exhibited qualities of leadership, inventiveness, and thrift from an early age.
- Franklin only received two years of formal schooling.
- Franklin hated the simplicity of his father’s candle trade, but hit his stride working in printing and publication.
- Lack of formal training was ultimately to Franklin’s advantage in his pursuit of inventions for the common good.
- Views of Franklin have changed significantly over the past several centuries.