A biography of benjamin franklin one of the founding fathers of the united states of america
Four years later, it was anonymously printed in Boston, and it was quickly reproduced in Britain, where it influenced the economist Adam Smith and later the demographer Thomas Malthuswho credited Franklin for discovering a rule of population growth.
In the meantime, John Adams felt that Franklin was just enjoying himself while he and John Jay worked.
Of all the founding fathers, Franklin has the unique distinction of having signed all three of the major documents that freed the colonies from British rule and established the United States as an independent nation: the Declaration of Independence, The Treaty of Paris, and the United States Constitution.
He became a Grand Master inindicating his rapid rise to prominence in Pennsylvania. In this role he instituted various measures to improve mail service; however, the British dismissed him from the job in because he was deemed too sympathetic to colonial interests.
For instance, he believed that executive power was too great to be placed in the hands of one person and that a committee was a much better option.
Franklin amassed real estate and businesses and organized the volunteer Union Fire Company to counteract dangerous fire hazards in Philadelphia.
After a brief period back in the U. At the age of 74, he even proposed marriage to a widow named Madame Helvetius, but she rejected him.
Benjamin franklin founding fathers
Although important, his roles in those institutions take a back seat to his part in helping found the United States of America. Franklin was embraced in France as much, if not more, for his wit and intellectual standing in the scientific community as for his status as a political appointee from a fledgling country. Additionally, in Article 4, Section 2, Clause 3 , slaves are referred to as "persons held in service or labor". But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun. He wrote about them in a lecture series. And water, though naturally a good conductor, will not conduct well when frozen into ice. After Franklin returned to Philadelphia in , he discovered that Deborah had married in the interim, only to be abandoned by her husband just months after the wedding. Franklin was never elected president of the United States. After William passed the bar, his father helped him gain an appointment in as the last Royal Governor of New Jersey. Franklin later repudiated this thought and burned all but one copy of the pamphlet still in his possession. He surmised that this could help protect buildings from lightning by attaching "upright Rods of Iron, made sharp as a Needle and gilt to prevent Rusting, and from the Foot of those Rods a Wire down the outside of the Building into the Ground; He invented bifocal glasses, charted the Gulf Stream, invented a clean burning stove and proposed theories on the contagiousness of the common cold. The oldest delegate at the age of 81, Franklin initially supported proportional representation in Congress, but he fashioned the Great Compromise that resulted in proportional representation in the House of Representatives and equal representation by state in the Senate. In July , the Continental Congress appointed Franklin the first postmaster general of the United States, giving him authority over all post offices from Massachusetts to Georgia.
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