Benjamin Franklin


About him...

He was born in 1706, forming part of a modest family in Boston. He had a little formal education. He started a printing business in Philadelphia, which grew wealthy and became successful. He also helped launch a lending library. It could be said he was a renaissance man because he had many talents. He was a statesman, author, publisher, scientist, inventor and diplomat.

The American revolution

Franklin proposed a plan for uniting the colonies under a national congress. This plan was rejected, although it helped to create the articles of confederation which became the first constitution of the United States in 1781.

Franklin traveled to London as a representative of the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1757, to which he was elected in 1751. He worked to settle a taz dispute and other issues. He lived in London for a while to testify in the British parliament against the Stamp Act of 1765, which required all legal documents, newspapers, books and other printed materials.

In May 1775, shortly after the revolutionary war, Franklin returned to Philadelphia and was selected to serve as delegate to the second continental congress, America´s governing body at a time. Forming part of the five-member committee that helped draft the famous declaration of independence.

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"Benjamin Franklin is the only founding father to have signed all four of the key documents establishing the U.S.: the Declaration of Independence (1776), the Treaty of Alliance with France (1778), the Treaty of Paris establishing peace with Great Britain (1783) and the U.S. Constitution (1787)."

"Benjamin Franklin." A&E Television Networks. Web. 12 Jan. 2016.

What I think

Being a man of many talents may not have been as easy as it sounds. It may have opened a lot of doors but he also had the opportunity to decide weather he does the right or wrong. After all he choose to do the right thing and thanks to that he changed the fate of hundreds of civilians
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