How Did Benjamin Franklin Shape America

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Do you ever wonder how Benjamin Franklin helped shape our country? He contributed greatly in shaping our country including signing the Constitution, helping launch schools, fire departments and printing shops and helping to unite countries. Not only did he do all of that, he was also the only founding father who signed all four key documents establishing the United States which include the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Treaty of Alliance with France, and the Treaty of Paris. Ben Franklin was a leading compromiser that helped shape our country because he encouraged people to repeal the Stamp Act, he helped make an alliance with France, and he went to the Constitutional Convention and signed the United States Constitution. Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts in a town called Milk Street. His mother and father had fifteen children and he was the youngest one. His father was an English born soap and candle…show more content…
This convention was where the United States Constitution would be ratified and drafted. Franklin was the oldest delegate that attended this convention at the age of eighty-one. He helped found the society for Political Inquiries. Franklin supported proportional representation in Congress. He liked the Great Compromise which helped result proportional representation. Proportional representation is when each political party gains seats that are proportional to the number of votes they each get. The Great Compromise once again resulted in proportional representation in the House of Representatives and equal representation by state and in Senate. He did not like the idea of slavery and fought against it at the convention, but unfortunately did not win and slavery continued through in the United States. Little did he know that his fight against slavery would be the last public act that he would
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