Benjamin Franklin And The Constitutional Convention Essay

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Benjamin franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston, Massachusetts and was the tenth son of soap maker, Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger, the second wife of Josiah. Franklin served as clerk (1736-51) and member (1751-64) of the colonial legislature and as deputy postmaster of Philadelphia (1737-53) and deputy postmaster general of the colonies (1753-74).
At the time of the constitutional convention of 1787 which took place in Pennsylvania Ben Franklin was the oldest of the founding fathers in attendance at the age of 81 years old. In the latter part of his prestigious life he was suffering from poor health and excruciating pain due to Gout and a pulmonary disorder that led to his eventual death in April 17, 1790. However, Franklin’s political experience as a member of the legislature and meticulous ability to observe human nature in the manner that he did where he noticed the existence of inequality and injustice among different groups of people made Benjamin and ideal member of the 55 delegates that attended the constitutional convention.
The Constitutional Convention took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between May 25 and September 17, 1787. The purpose of the convention was to address the issues that arose as a result of a weak central government that was in place under the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation was created to adhere to the peoples fear of an over exertion of power by the national government due to a lack of divided power among…

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