Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790

Benjamin Franklin was an American statesman and newspaper editor who became famous for his scientific work with electricity. He was instrumental in helping to forge the federation of the American colonies. He also served as ambassador to France for 8 years. While he was there, he persuaded France to help America in its effort to gain independence.

Benjamin Franklin signed three of the most important legal documents in America’s history, the Declaration of Independence, the American Constitution, and the Peace Treaty of Paris in 1783.  Franklin also pioneered numerous inventions and scientific studies. Benjamin Franklin is noted for inventing the odometer, lightning rod,

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