Born on this Day, Benjamin Franklin

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, was born on this day in 1706 (died Aril 17, 1790).

Because of his untirable advocacy for colonial unity, Frankling was called “The First American.” He also served as the first United States Ambassador to France. He also served as the first president of the Academy and College of Philadelphia which later became the University of Pennsylvania.

In June 1776, Franklin was appointed a member of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence. Although he was temporarily disabled by gout and unable to attend most meetings of the Committee, Franklin made several “small but important” changes to the draft sent to him by Thomas Jefferson.

Join, or Die: This political cartoon by Franklin urged the colonies to join together during the French and Indian War (Seven Years’ War).

Source: Wikipedia

Cover Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash

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