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During the 1730s, Franklin was active in civic projects, founding the first public library  and the first fire company in America. He also began publishing his popular  Poor  Richard's Almanack,  full of wise and funny sayings. In the 1740s, Franklin grew  interested in science, especially the study of electricity. He conducted a series of  experiments and discovered that lightning is electrical. His discoveries made him  famous in Europe as well as America. In 1748, Franklin retired from the printing business and devoted himself fulltime to  science and civic leadership, founding a hospital and a volunteer militia. In 1751, he was  elected to the Pennsylvania assembly, where he quickly rose to power. When war with  the French and Indians threatened in the mid-1750s, Franklin attended a meeting of  colonial governments in Albany, where he drafted the Albany Plan of Union.
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