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Benjamin Franklin Biography

Founding Father of the United States
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Delegate to the Constitutional Convention, 1789
  • Signed the Constitutioin, 1789
  • Signed the Treaty of Paris, ended the American war with Britain, 1783
  • Signed the Declaration of Independence, 1776
  • Ambassador, Court of Louis XVI, 1776
  • Elected to the Second Continental Congress, helped to draft the Declaration of Independence, 1775
  • Colonial representative, Pennsylvania, Georgia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, 1757-1775
  • Testified before Parliament, helped persuade the members to repeal the Stamp Tax law, 1765
  • Founder, American Philosophical Society, 1743
  • Founded Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1733
  • Founder, America’s first library (The Library Company), 1731
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  • Born in Boston on Jan. 17, 1706.
  • The tenth son of soap maker Josiah Franklin, who fathered 17 children.
  • Benjamin’s mother was Abiah Folger, the second wife of Josiah.
  • Deceased on April 17, 1790 at the age of 84.
  • 20,000 people attended his funeral.