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Franklin was born in Boston in 1706. He educated himself because they were too poor to attend formal schooling. He not only read about the Enlightenment, but he vowed to use science and the scientific method to improve people's lives. Franklin had a common-law marriage with Deborah Read; the two could not have a legally binding ceremony because Read had previously been married and they had two children.