Since birth, Benjamin Franklin was, without a doubt, a significant citizen who promoted education before the country’s independence. He was born on January 6, 1705 as the son of Josiah and Abiah Franklin (Brands, pg. 122). However, Benjamin Franklin never established a good relationship with his family, specifically with his brother James. Thus, he left his family and made a career as a printer and teaching others the basics of writing a good headline story for the public. His passion for writing made him a “business printer who supervised and trained other people in writing under his management” (Brands, pg. 86). His business was no different from the newspaper providers, Atlanta Journal Constitution and Wall Street Headlines, we have today. Furthermore, he pushed other colonists to gather and talk about science, philosophy, poetry, and journalism. He figured the best way to categorize these written ideas was in a library. Franklin was only “twenty- seven years old when the Library Company was founded [and] was twenty-eight by the time the first...
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...nators representing from each state (Brands pg. 682). As a result, Franklin’s idea united this country and kept equal representation in Congress.
Consequently, Benjamin Franklin has been forgotten by Americans for over three hundred years. We celebrate holidays to remember other significant Americans but not for the country’s most influential founder. Franklin’s contributions helped develop this country into the world’s leading power. As a member of a nonprofit political activist organization, I strongly suggest all of you to help declare a national holiday on January 6, 1705 for Benjamin Franklin.
Brands, H. W. The First American: the Life and times of Benjamin Franklin. New York:
Doubleday, 2000. Print.
Roark, James L. The American Promise: a History of the United States. Value ed. Vol. I. Boston:
Bedford/St. Martins, 2009. Print.
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