Benjamin Franklin was born here on Milk Street in Boston, Massachusetts on January 17, 1706 to Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger. His was the youngest son of seventeen children and lived in Boston for all of his childhood and the majority of his teenage years. This building is not the original home of Benjamin Franklin, as the original burned down in a fire that swept down Milk Street in 1811. Ironically, the ground floor is home to Sir Speedy, a printing company. It is a different kind of printing, but it is ironic that the spiritual successor of one of Benjamin Franklin’s occupations is where his birthplace is. Franklin’s time in Boston helped shaped his character and set him on the path of becoming what many in his time referred to him as, The First American.