Apart from the United States, he is also a first founding father of self-improvement. His “moral improvement project” was well publicized then and now and his peers were quite impressed with his progress.
While treating his traits seriously, Franklin was quite a joker and a very good observer of human nature. He had good understanding of human behaviour and a theatrical flair.
He also had enormous influence over tho course of US gaining independence, securing French help in helping to rebel against British and influencing the public to fight for freedom