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Old July 15th, 2006, 12:40 PM   #1
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Why was Benjamin Franklin not the 1st President?


After looking at the founding fathers thread I started wondering why Benjamin Franklin was not elected to be the first President of the United States? Was it because he was too old by the time people were being nominated? Was Washington that much better of a choice because of his efforts in the War?

Wouldn't Franklin have made a good President because of his ability to deal with foreign affairs?
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Old July 15th, 2006, 01:55 PM   #2

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I think you're right about him being too old to become President. He would have been 83 if elected the first President of the United States. By that age, he could hardly walk and probably lost most of his hearing.
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Old July 15th, 2006, 02:43 PM   #3
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The thing is is that for the first president, we didn't need someone that was good for foreign affairs so much as someone that was good with the people. We needed to make America stronger before we could really think about foreign stuff. At least, that's my idea.
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Old July 17th, 2006, 05:49 AM   #4
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Washington was America's man (and he was also from Virginia). Franklin was old news so to speak.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:03 AM   #5

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Washington was America's man (and he was also from Virginia). Franklin was old news so to speak.
I second that
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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:16 AM   #6

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The thing is is that for the first president, we didn't need someone that was good for foreign affairs so much as someone that was good with the people. We needed to make America stronger before we could really think about foreign stuff. At least, that's my idea.
No, that's completely wrong... although our alliance with France was strong, we could not afford to alienate Britain post-war either. With Washington, we had a man that could provide a calm and cool presence when dealing with matters of trade and treaty. Although we did win the war, it was the peace after that made us stronger because we avoided becoming mired in European conflict by taking one side over the other.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:25 AM   #7
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The American Revolution was not that revolutionary. The sense that aristocratic persons were best equipped to lead was still profound. In North America, that meant land owners.

"Dr." Franklin was a bourgeois intellectual - and he was born in 1706 which made him like 83 years old when the Constitution was ratified. Benj Franklin would have died in office after less than one year.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 10:53 AM   #8

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Wow, a really old topic to breath life into, but, at least it is about American History.
I'll echo the above statements about Franklin being in poor, poor health at the time of 1789 and
he had no intention of wanting to be president.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 11:53 AM   #9

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Well Washington did win unanimously..
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Old November 26th, 2012, 03:58 PM   #10
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Well Washington did win unanimously..
When they were writing the Constitution, I don't anyone had any doubt who the first President would be.
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