- Benjamin Franklin began his political career in 1751 when he was elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly.
- In 1754 he presented the significant Albany Plan of Union at the Albany Congress, this plan proposed that the colonies unify under one government to help organize and protect the individual colonies.
- Benjamin Franklin served on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence.
- Benjamin Franklin become president of Pennsylvania's constitutional convention in 1776.
- Along with John Jay and John Adams, Benjamin Franklin negotiated the Treaty of Paris that ended the War for Independence.
- Benjamin Franklin served as the president of the Supreme Executive Council of Philadelphia (1785-88).