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Was Benjamin Franklin a president?

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Benjamin Franklin never served as the President of the United States. However, he did serve as the President of Pennsylvania and head of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, a position equivalent to today’s Pennsylvania governorship. He served as that president for three years.

Benjamin Franklin is a Founding Father of the United States. He is a signatory of each of the United States’ four major founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Paris and the U.S. Constitution.

Franklin served as the country’s first U.S. Postmaster General in 1775. The next year, he took up the position of U.S. Ambassador to France, which he held for nine years.


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