The First American

‘Benjamin Franklin’ born in (1706) was one of the ‘Founding Fathers’ of the ‘United States’ and in many ways was “The First American”. ‘Franklin’ was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

As a scientist, he was a major figure in the ‘American Enlightenment’ and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity.

‘Franklin’ earned the title of “The First American” for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity; as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies, then as the first ‘United States’ ‘Ambassador’ to ‘France’, he exemplified the emerging ‘American’ nation.

‘Franklin’, always proud of his working class roots, became a successful newspaper editor and printer in ‘Philadelphia’, the leading city in the colonies.

With two partners he published the ‘Pennsylvania Chronicle’, a newspaper that was known for its revolutionary sentiments and criticisms of the ‘British’ policies.

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