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Marries Deborah Read
Franklin saw his wife-to-be the first day he arrived in Philadelphia in 1723. He was walking down the street eating a fresh-baked bun when he spied Debbie in her father’s doorway. The couple never went through a formal wedding ceremony, but had a common-law marriage that lasted 44 years. She died in 1774 while Franklin was in England.