Benjamin Franklin Statue (Boston Latin School Original Site)

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Massachusetts’ own history is marked by two things: the struggle to break free from British interference and the moulding of the country’s great minds. To date, there are 52 institutions of higher learning in Boston. The Boston Latin School was the first public school, not just in Boston but in America. Whether you were the son of a gentleman or a working man, you had access to an education. Five students at the school would eventually rise up as the budding nation’s leaders and thinkers: Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, and William Hooper. These men signed the Declaration of Independence. The original school house was torn down in 1745, but a statue of Benjamin Franklin stands in its place. Benjamin Franklin is a prominent figure in American history as one of the Founding Fathers. He dropped out of Boston Latin School due to finances, but Benjamin still went on to become an inventor, a statesman, and a diplomat—among many other things. The list of achievements go on: he aided in the repeal of the Stamp Act, he invented the lightning rod, he helped in drafting the Declaration of Independence, and so on.


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45 School Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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