Though the Paxton Boys went back home

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Though the Paxton Boys went back home, politics in Pennsylvania got ugly. The  proprietors resisted being taxed and resented the growing power of Philadelphia  businessmen. In 1764, fed up with the proprietors, Franklin and the majority of the  Pennsylvania assembly decided to ask the king to change Pennsylvania's government.  The colony was a proprietorship, meaning that most of the power belonged to the  proprietors–the descendents of William Penn. Franklin and his supporters wanted to  give Pennsylvania a royal government instead. This meant that the king, rather than the  proprietors, would have the final say in making laws. Franklin's enemies suspected that  Franklin was secretly trying to make himself the governor, and they mounted a  campaign to defeat him. In the election of October 1764, by only eighteen votes, Franklin  lost his seat. Franklin's supporters were not daunted, however. Later that month, the assembly again 
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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.

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