he Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin follows Franklin's life as a statesman, inventor and publisher through his first 51 years and contains information and observations
about his life in Philadelphia, as well as his views on subjects ranging from literature to religion. It was originally published posthumously in French in 1791 and then translated into English in 1793. Franklin began his autobiography in London in 1771 and returned to it in 1783 and 1788, but died before he could complete the work. Franklin wrote the book for his son, William, who was the governor of New Jersey.