Franklin, James, Jr. (1730-1762)

Franklin’s nephew and apprentice.

Apprenticed to Franklin to attend school and learn the printer’s trade (1740). As an apprentice, James was “always dissatisfied [with the clothes he was allowed] and grumbling.” On completing his apprenticeship, joined his mother as a printer in Newport, Rhode Island (1748). Published Poor Job’s Almanack. Established Newport Mercury (1758).

Son of James and Ann (Smith) Franklin of Newport. Probably unmarried.