Franklin’s father, a candle and soapmaker (“Tallow Chandler and Sope-Boiler”). He was a man with a strong physical build, was of average height, could draw well, sing prettily, and practiced music on his violin in a way that was very pleasing. He had a mechanical genius and would borrow other tradesmen’s tools to do small tasks. His greatest attribute was his sound judgment, which led other to seek his advice on issues large and small.
The timeline below shows where the character Josiah Franklin appears in The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...various trades, but Franklin was sent to grammar school at the age of eight because Josiah intended to put him in the priesthood. Franklin’s father reconsidered sending Franklin to school, however,... (full context)
...the poems were wretched but the “Light House Tragedy” sold well, which flattered his vanity. Josiah ridiculed his verses and told him that poets were generally beggars, so Franklin escaped being... (full context)
...two were to be apart for some time, so they exchanged letters on the subject. Josiah found the letters and showed Franklin how he lacked Collin’s elegance of expression. Franklin saw... (full context)
...should set up his own printing business. Keith promised his support and offered to write Josiah a letter stating as much. They concluded that Franklin should return to Boston on the... (full context)
...his books with Franklin, and proposed that Franklin meet up with him in New York. Josiah, though he rejected Keith’s proposal, was still happy at the attention that was being paid... (full context)