Benjamin Franklin: First Ambassador

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Date(s) - 05/09/2019
5:30 pm

Clymer Libary

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Presented by Bruce Denlinger

Benjamin Franklin was our nation’s first official ambassador, setting the precedent for future generations of diplomats. The presentation includes the two times he represented Pennsylvania in feud with the Penn family in London and more notably his efforts to form an alliance with France. The lessons he learned dealing with the Prime Minister and Parliament served him well. The term “First American” aptly suits Franklin and his time spent representing the fledgling colonies for an achievement few others would have been able to achieve.

HATT Member Bruce Denlinger is a lifelong student of history, and earned his Master’s Degree of Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania after retiring from the insurance industry. He has made various presentations about Franklin at Northampton Community College