Political Background of Ben Franklin
Benjamin Franklin was a driving force in the early political arena and establishment of modern day American government. Reported as a member of the Quaker political party and as an Independent it is best noted that he was in direct opposition to the Proprietary Party which sought to uphold leadership of the powerful Penn family which founded Pennsylvania.
- Served as the 6th President of Pennsylvania in office from October 18, 1785 - November 5, 1788.
- United States Ambassador to France
- Pennsylvania delegate to the Second Continential Congress in 1775
- Served on the Committee of Five to draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776
- Signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between America and France in 1778
- Signed the Treaty of Paris which officially ends the Revolutionary War in 1783
- Elected as president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery in 1787