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By Tom Palen 

Ben Franklin and Rhubarb


When I think of July fourth, several things come to mind; first and foremost is Independence Day. I can only imagine the courage it took to sign a document telling the king your intention to separate from his rule. I'll bet it was a tense day for everyone in the palace when King George III received that Dear John letter.

Five men drafted the document: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Robert Livingston, Roger Sherman, and Benjamin Franklin. Although, I have no idea how Ben Franklin found time to help write our nation's most important document. Ben was a busy man. In addition to helping draft the d...

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