Who do you look up to? Whose example would you like to follow, and why?


Benjamin Franklin is someone who I have studied and looked up to since I learned that my family was descended from his! Thanks to the technology of Ancestry.com, I was able to trace my lineage all the way to Franklin's paternal grandparents, my 10th Great Grandparents. That makes Benjamin Franklin my first cousin removed 11 generations! He was a remarkable human being. He was not without his faults, yet he was always striving to improve himself and solve the problems that he encountered. His inventions were life-saving and novel. His experiments have stood the test of time. And his worldwide celebrity helped him in his diplomatic mission. Franklin not only secured the assistance of the French in the Revolutionary War, but he also was able to procure most of the munitions that were used to win the war. His ability to secure the Great Compromise at the Constitutional Convention was critical to its ratification. And his service as the President of the Pennsylvania Abolitionist Society demonstrated his commitment to liberty and justice for all. He was way ahead of his time, and was deserving of his nickname as "The First American."