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America’s First Political Cartoon Turns 258

It would be tough to argue that Ben Franklin doesn’t get his due in American history. In addition to his role as a drafter of the Declaration of Independence, he’s credited for discovering electricity, inventing bifocals, introducing the first public library in the country, and so on. But did you know he also published the first political cartoon in American history? 

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