Letter to the Editor

Franklin remarkable

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Dear Editor,

Not enough can be said crediting Ben Franklin (1706-1790) for his contributions to our country. He has been called a jack of all trades and the master of many.

Interestingly enough, he never actively sought a public office, although he was interested in public affairs. He signed four key documents in American history: The Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain and the Constitution of the United States.

In 1736, he did serve as a clerk of the Pennsylvania Assembly and became Deputy Postmaster General in 1753. The Academy he founded later became the University of Pennsylvania.

His service was noteworthy in the Second Continental Congress. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence. At ago 70, he traveled to Paris as a minister to France and won French support during the revolution. Franklin was the oldest delegate to the Constitutional Convention. His common sense and wisdom kept it from falling apart, although his age and illness had slowed down his activity.

Helen Ruth Arnold,


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