Deborah Read Franklin - Research Article from American Revolution Reference Library

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By 1730 Benjamin Franklin had returned to Philadelphia. He visited Deborah Read and again asked her to marry him. Although the young woman had grown fond of him, she said that a new marriage was out of the question as long as

Deborah Read Franklin, serving tea to a visitor. Benjamin Franklin sits to her left. She was supportive of her husband's social and political life but was herself less comfortable in these situations. Reproduced by permission of the Corbis Corporation (Bellevue). Deborah Read Franklin, serving tea to a visitor. Benjamin Franklin sits to her left. She was supportive of her husband's social and political life but was herself less comfortable in these situations. Reproduced by permission of the Corbis Corporation (Bellevue).

there was any chance that Rogers might reappear. Had she and Franklin married, they could have been charged with bigamy (the crime of marrying another person when one is already married). On September 1, 1730, Deborah Read and Franklin entered into a common-law marriage, agreeing to live together as husband and wife without formal approval by religious or civil authorities. The couple's relatives and...


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