Benjamin Franklin’s Father

Benjamin Franklin remembers his father:

“I remember well his being frequently visited by leading people, who consulted him for his opinion in affairs of the town or of the church he belonged to, and showed a good deal of respect for his judgment and advice. . . .  At his table he like to have, as often as he could, some sensible friend or neighbor to converse with, and always took care to start some ingenious or useful topic for discourse, which might tend to improve the minds of his children. By this means he turned our attention to what was good, just, and prudent in the conduct of life.  .  .  .”

from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin