WASHINGTON (AP) — Documents from the National Archives are going on view to explore the life of Benjamin Franklin as a scientist, diplomat, philanthropist and founding father.

A new exhibit, “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World,” will follow Franklin’s life from his youth in Boston where
he was surrounded with Puritan traditions to his political career on the world stage.

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One section explores Franklin’s life as a printer in Philadelphia where he made a fortune, and another looks at his
scientific pursuits.

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The archives will show Franklin’s letters, journals from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, and the original Treaty of Paris he negotiated to end the Revolutionary War. A rare 1787 printing of the Constitution also is displayed.

The exhibit opening Friday is on view through May 6.

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