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Benjamin Franklin left a great legacy when he died on April 17 1790 He was one of Americas greatest diplomats and the only man to sign all four of the key documents of the American Revolution the Declaration of Independence the Treaty of Alliance with France the Treaty of Paris and the Constitution of the United States He laid the foundation that changed the study of electricity into a science He was an inventor who invented many things such as the lightning rod bifocal glasses the Franklin stove and the odometer And he started the first public library in America from a group that collected all the books of all the members for the benefit of all Thomas Jefferson hailed him as the greatest man and ornament of the age and country in which he lived The aspect of his life that best describes Ben Franklin is statesman and diplomat In theses roles he performed many services to the community and helped to establish the United States Without his contributions the United States of America would not exist Franklins politic career began in 1750 when he was elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly He was appointed postmaster general for the colonies in 1753 and in 1754 he was the delegate from Pennsylvania to the intercolonial congress that met to consider methods of dealing with the French and Indian War When the war broke out Franklin obtained horses wagons and supplies for the British commander General Edward Braddock by pledging his own credit to the Pennsylvania farmers The proprietors of Pennsylvania were against war so they refused to pay taxes on their landholdings to help pay for the war So Franklin was sent to England in 1757 to petition the king to levy taxes on proprietary land After accomplishing this mission he remained in England for five more years as the chief representative of the American colonies Franklin also took part in the fight over the Stamp
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