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Unformatted text preview: By 1748 Franklin was wealthy enough to retire. He let a business partner named David Hall take over the printing business in return for a share of the profits and devoted himself fulltime to science and civic leadership. He continued his good works, leading a campaign in 1749 to found an academy; it would later become the University of Pennsylvania. He also proposed and helped to sponsor the Pennsylvania Hospital, which opened on February 6, 1752. It was America's first. Though busy with civic projects and scientific experiments, Franklin also ventured into politics. In 1747, when Pennsylvania was threatened by pirates on the Delaware River and by French and Indian attacks on the western frontier, Franklin led a campaign to establish a militia. The militia met on January 1, 1748, and elected Franklin its commander. He declined, claiming he lacked military experience, and he served instead commander....
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