... Franklin Introduction On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine people played a significant role in the history ofthe United States. On this day, these thirty-nine individuals affixed their signatures on one of the most important documents in America’s history, the U.S. Constitution. One of these renowned individuals was Benjamin Franklin. Before his death on April 17, 1790, Benjamin Franklin led a busy and productive life as an inventor, politician, author, printer, and diplomat among others.
Benjamin Franklin was a native of Boston. He had seventeen siblings, and was the tenth son of Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger. (Independence, n.d.) His father, a candle and soap maker, wanted Benjamin to ...