Franklin's work on the Constitution and Pre Revolutionary War

  Before the Revolutionary War started, Franklin was working in England as an ambassador from 1764 to 1775.  Franklin returned to America, because the ways the English were treating Franklin, to start working with the revolutionaries. Soon after Franklin returned to America he was elected as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress by the Pennsylvania Assembly. 
During this time many Americans were surprised by Franklin because he hated the English crown so much, and he believed that war is needed, even after Franklin lived in England for such a long period of time. John Adams believed that Franklin was the bitterest enemy of Great Britain.    

During 1775 and 1776 Franklin was in the Continental Congress working with all of the other delegates on the Declaration of Independence.  In 1776 Franklin was appointed president of the Pennsylvania convention, writing the states constitution.  Franklin was doing both of these jobs at the same time.  During this time period, the Continental Congress was in disarray, all of the delegates were arguing and very few people wanted a democracy in America. 

Franklin was appointed to the Committee of Five, which was the group in the Congress whose job was to draft the Declaration of Independence.  The other members of the committee were John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston.  Jefferson was the member who originally wrote the Declaration of Independence, but the other members reviewed it after it was written.  Benjamin Franklin was the twenty sixth delegate to sign the Declaration of Independence and he was also oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence.

In 1776 Franklin was in charge of handling the English peace keeping offers. In which Franklin, with the backing of Congress, told the English that it is impossible that Americans would think of submission to the English after the way the Americans have been treated. 

After all of these events have happened, Franklin decided that it was in the best interests of the colonies that they needed help with the war.  Franklin decided to go to France to try to persuade them to help the colonies with the war.