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Benjamin Franklin tirelessly promoted the growth of civic sphere in his native Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, and worked to create a colony-wide society (akin to the Royal Society of London) that could promote science and learning throughout the colonies. In 1743 Franklin published A Proposal for Promoting Useful Knowledge among the British Plantations in America in order to facilitate his plan. Franklin’s efforts led to the creation of the American Philosophical Society and eventually to the creation of the College of Philadelphia.

Jared Sparks, ed., The Works of Benjamin Franklin, Containing Several Political and Historical Tracts not included in any former Edition, and Many Letters Official and Private not Hither to Published, with notes and a Life of the Author (Boston: Tappan & Whittemore, 1838), VI: 14–17.

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