Charter Books to host journalist, historian, and author Nancy Rubin Stuart as she presents ‘Poor Richard’s Women’ on April 21

Charter Books will host a presentation and book signing by Nancy Rubin Stuart, author of Poor Richard’s Women: Deborah Read Franklin and the Other Women Behind the Founding Father.

On Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 pm, Nancy Rubin Stuart will discuss her new book, a biography of the women in the life of Benjamin Franklin. After years of neglect by historians, the unsung women who loved, nurtured, and defended Benjamin Franklin are finally getting their due.

Among the women celebrated in the book is Newport’s own Ann Smith Franklin, Benjamin’s sister-in-law and America’s first newspaper editor and publisher. Ann Franklin operated her print shop out of a school house in what is now Washington Square. From there she printed the NewportMercuryRhode Island’s first newspaper.

A vivid portrait of the women who loved, nurtured, and defended America’s famous scientist and founding father.

Everyone knows Benjamin Franklin—the thrifty inventor-statesman of the Revolutionary era—but not about his love life. Poor Richard’s Women reveals the long-neglected voices of the women Ben loved and lost during his lifelong struggle between passion and prudence. The most prominent among them was Deborah Read Franklin, his common-law wife and partner of him for forty-four years. Long dismissed by historians, she was an independent, politically savvy woman and devoted wife who raised their children, managed his finances from him, and fought off angry mobs at gunpoint while he traipsed about England.

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