Now this is a story
All about how
A new nation was born
and how Britian had a cow
And I’d like to take a minute,
but this might sound silly,
I’ll tell you how I became a politician
in a city called Philly
In Boston, Massachusetts, born and raised
At home, reading books, I spent most of my days
Voraciously learning, reading everything I could
When I decided to write to my brother’s newspaper, claiming to be one “Ms. Dogood”
I had the whole town thinking I was a widow of forty five
And when they found out who Ms. Dogood was, oh what a surprise!
My brother got mad, so I decided to split
at 17 I decided Philadelphia would be my new crib
I started exploring anything that caught my attention.
And in my day, I did quite a few things worthy of mention.
I made this discussion group, Junto, for the educated
where we talked about things we loved and hated.
We pooled our money and bought books
which at the time, all our money, they took.
We eventually made the first US library
it was a pretty big burden to carry
Let’s skip back a bit
When I was 17 I almost got married and I had an illegitimate kid
Then when I was 24, “I want to get married” I thought
but when our first child died, with grief I was fraught
Later in life, I dabbled in science and philosophy
Wave theory, Ocean currents, Chess, and Electricity
I formed a volunteer fire fighter brigade
and helped create the postal system your generation seems to hate
I inevitably got interested in politics
You probably know my drawing of a snake cut up in bits.
But that wasn’t all I did
I was unanimously chosen as the Pensylvania representative to the Second Continental Congress
I helped draft the Declaration of Independence
And I served as a diplomat, visiting England and France.
And that’s how after, to my Boston home, saying “see ya!”
I ended up the Fresh Politician of Phildelphia
John Kenneth Galbraith. (1975). Money: Where It Came, Whence It Went pp. 54–54. Houghton Mifflin Company.
Isaacson, Walter. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. Simon & Schuster. 2003.