How Did Benjamin Franklin Contribute To The Declaration Of Independence

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Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of our country. He was an author, politician, patriot, scientist, inventor, statesman, and diplomat. Franklin was important in the American Enlightenment and for his discoveries in electricity. He was born on born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts and started painting at age 12 at his brother’s shop. He taught himself to write and in 1723 and when he was 17, he moved to Philadelphia, where he founded the Pennsylvania Gazette and wrote Poor Richard's almanac. Although he was poor, Franklin became prosperous and promoted many public services in Philadelphia, including a library, a fire department, a hospital, an insurance company, and an academy that became the University of Pennsylvania. He invented the Franklin stove and the lightning rod, and his experiments helped give us an understanding of electricity. He served as a member of the colonial legislature and was a delegate to the Albany Congress, where he put a plan for a colonial union. Franklin represented the colony in England in a dispute over land and taxes and he returned there in 1764. But the issue of taxation caused him…show more content…
Franklin served as a delegate to the American second Congress and then he became a member of the committee to draft the Declaration of Independence. He helped write the Declaration of Independence with Thomas Jefferson. When the United States was fighting the British in 1776, he went to France to seek help for the American Revolution. The French admired him and so he negotiated a treaty that provided loans and military support for the U.S. He also played an important role in bringing about the final peace treaty with Britain in 1783. As a member of the Constitutional Convention, Ben Franklin was also important in helping adopt the Constitution of the U.S. Ben Franklin died on April 17, 1790 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and He was 84 years

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