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Unformatted text preview: Franklin's adventure with the militia was only the beginning of his long and powerful political career. On October 4, 1748, he was elected to the town council of Philadelphia. The next year he was appointed a justice of the peace (responsible for enforcing the laws). In May 1751, he was elected to the Pennsylvania assembly. He had been a clerk in the assembly since 1736, and was familiar with how it worked. As a result, he quickly rose to power and influence. On August 10, 1753, he was appointed as a deputy postmaster general of North America. By the early 1750s, Pennsylvania's frontier was in trouble again. The colonists had pushed the Indians from their land, sometimes killing them in the process. As white settlers pushed further west, the Indians started to fight back more forcefully. They did so with the help of French soldiers, who supplied guns. Franklin believed that in order so with the help of French soldiers, who supplied guns....
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07