Though busy with civic projects and scientific experiments

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Unformatted text preview: 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 as a common soldier. By the end of the year, that threat was gone and the militia disbanded, but not before Franklin had become a hero. He was so popular, in fact, that some of the more powerful people in the colony began to fear him. When Franklin retired, he was comfortably wealthy. He was hardly rich, however, and seemed to be turning his back on a very lucrative business. While he remained very ambitious, it clearly was not money he wanted. He wanted, above all, to be respected as ambitious, it clearly was not money he wanted....
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