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As President of Pennsylvania (1786), the Founding Father of the United States signed this pay warrant for the Council door keeper
Manuscript DS: "B Franklin Presdt." as President of Pennsylvania and "James Trimble", 1 page, 7½x4¾. Pay Warrant for Frederick Sneider "For his attendance as Door keeper to Council from the first until the twenty eighth day of February 1786 - 28 days - at 10pr - £ 14..0..0" All in the hand of Trimble who has signed next to the word "Examined". Autograph Docket signed: "J. Trimble" on verso. In full: "Frederick Sneiders/accounts/Read in Council/Febry 28th 1786/approved and an order/drawn". During the American Revolution, FREDERICK SNEIDER was in the Sixth Company of the 2nd Battalion Pennsylvania Militia. When Timothy Matlack (engrosser of the Declaration of Independence) became Secretary of the Commonwealth on March 6, 1777, JAMES TRIMBLE was appointed Deputy Secretary, or Assistant Secretary of the Supreme Executive Council. Alexander J. Dallas, the first Secretary of the Commonwealth, under the Constitution of 1790, appointed Trimble Deputy Secretary on March 12, 1791. He was Deputy Secretary through all the administrations from 1777 until 1837. Trimble aided in packing and removing the state papers when the British occupied Philadelphia, and when the seat of government was removed to Lancaster in 1799 and then to Harrisburg in 1812. A member of the Continental Congress from 1775-1776, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-1790) signed the Declaration of Independence and was President of the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention of 1776. He was sent as a diplomatic commissioner to France by the Continental Congress and later served as Minister to France (1776-1785). Franklin was one of the negotiators of the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain ending the Revolutionary War. He was President of the Executive Council of Pennsylvania 1785-1788 and a delegate to the Federal Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. On Monday, May 28th, Benjamin Franklin took his seat at the Constitutional Convention. Almost four months later, on September 17, 1787, after addressing the delegates ("I confess that there are several parts of this Constitution which I do not at present approve…") Benjamin Franklin and the other delegates signed the new Constitution. Franklin's signature has been contemporaneously crossed out. Fragile. Slightly soiled along 2 vertical folds, with 2¾-inch paper separation from upper edge of right fold and 1¾-inch paper separation at lower edge of left fold. Nicked at upper right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts Bay
Died: April 17, 1790 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Born: July 19, 1755 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: January 20, 1837 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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