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.