Mrs. Dogood Meet Mr. Franklin


  • At the age of 15, Benjamin Franklin wrote a series of letters for his brother’s newspaper, The New England Courant, under the pseudonym (fake name) of a middle aged widow (woman whose husband died) named Mrs. Silence Dogood.
  • Before the Declaration of Independence was signed, America had to fight for their freedom from Great Britain (also called the United Kingdom). This war is now known as the Revolutionary War. It was fought between the years 1775 and 1783. The United States’ Army’s leader was General George Washington, who later became the first president of the United States of America.
  • Before fighting in the Revolutionary War for the Americans, George Washington was originally a general for the British (people from the UK) army.
  • Though being the president of the Continental Congress (the group of people who signed the Declaration of Independence), John Hancock was never elected as president or vice president of the United States.
  • The Declaration of Independence has been preserved since 1776 and is on display in the National Archives Building in Washington D.C.



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