Here is yet another paper I wrote on Ben Franklin. Enjoy!
Benjamin Franklin and the Documents of America's Freedom
Most Americans have probably heard of Benjamin Franklin. However, some people might not know that Benjamin Franklin eagerly signed several documents which enabled America to be liberated for independence. In fact, he was the only privileged person who signed all four of the documents that helped America become a free nation. First, in 1776, Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence. Britain did not acknowledge the Declaration, so America bravely fought The Revolutionary War. Franklin also traveled to France because America needed help defending themselves in The Revolutionary War. In Paris he obtained and signed the Treaty of Alliance with France, which helped America win the war. At the end of the war, he signed the Treaty of Paris of 1783. Peace with Britain was achieved by the signing of this treaty. Franklin, at the age of 81, was the most elderly representative of the Continental Congress to sign the Constitution of the United States. Benjamin Franklin was a famous historical figure who signed the Documents of America's Freedom.
Franklin is pictured on the obverse of the half dollar from 1948-1963. They are not that expensive if you want to collect all of them. They go for about $10-$30 each, some in mint state. They are also made of 90% silver.