What is Benjamin Franklin famous for?
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What is Benjamin Franklin famous for?

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Benjamin Franklin is best known as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States who helped draft the Declaration of Independence. He is also famous for his scientific work with electricity, writing, painting and diplomatic work.

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Franklin played a key part in drafting one of the most important documents in America's history. He was the only one of the founding fathers to also sign the other two documents that established the U.S., which were the Treaty of Paris in 1783 that ended the Revolutionary War and the Constitution. In addition to these historic moments, Franklin was also famous for his work and theories on electricity. His theories were published in 1751, but he did not conduct his famous kite and key experiment until the following year in 1752. Franklin served in many roles for the government of not only the Colonial States, but also the U.S. by working as a representative and foreign diplomat for places like Massachusetts, Georgia and New Jersey in England. He served as the Postmaster General in 1775 after having developed all of the postal routes a few years prior and was then nominated to the Second Continental Congress. Franklin was also the first American ambassador to France. He lived there for 10 years before returning to America to play a role in getting George Washington elected as the first President of the U.S.

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