02/22/1730 - 11/13/1813

FRANKLIN, William, a Clerk from Philadelphia County; born, February 22, 1730 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; captain, Pennsylvania Provincial Troops (1746-1747, King George’s War); lawyer; Controller of the General Post Office; appointed, Chief Clerk, Pennsylvania Colonial Assembly (May 13, 1751-October 13, 1751); elected, Chief Clerk, Pennsylvania Colonial Assembly (October 14, 1751-February 17, 1757, resigned); land investor; personal assistant to Benjamin Franklin (1757-1763); appointed, Royal Governor of New Jersey (1763-1776); died, November 13, 1813 in London, England; interred, St. Pancras Old Church, London, England.


Archival Collections

William Franklin, Royal Governor of New Jersey, Papers 1756-1813, MG 37, The New Jersey Historical Society, Newark.

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