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Deborah Read Franklin

Born c. 1707
Died December 19, 1774
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Businesswoman

"She prov'd a good and faithful Helpmate, assisted me much by attending the Shop, we throve together, and have ever … [tried] to make each other happy." Benjamin Franklin Portrait: Deborah Read Franklin. Reproduced by permission of the Corbis Corportion (Bellevue). "She prov'd a good and faithful Helpmate, assisted me much by attending the Shop, we throve together, and have ever … [tried] to make each other happy."
Benjamin Franklin
Portrait: Deborah Read Franklin. Reproduced by permission of the Corbis Corportion (Bellevue).

Deborah Read Franklin played an important role in the founding of the United States simply by taking on the management of her family business. By doing so she allowed her husband, founding father Benjamin Franklin (see entry), the opportunity to actively pursue his role in state and national politics in the decades before and after the American Revolution.

Deborah Read was born about 1707 to John Read, a carpenter from London, England, and Sarah White Read of Birmingham, England. Whether the child was born while her parents still lived in Birmingham, or after...

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