William Franklin

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William Franklin FRSE (c. undefined 1730 – November 1813) was an American-born attorney, soldier, politician, and colonial administrator.wikipedia
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Loyalist (American Revolution)

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He was the acknowledged illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin, the last colonial Governor of New Jersey (1763–1776), and a steadfast Loyalist throughout the American Revolutionary War.
William Franklin, the royal governor of New Jersey and son of Patriot leader Benjamin Franklin, became the leader of the Loyalists after his release from a Patriot prison in 1778.

Benjamin Franklin

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He was the acknowledged illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin, the last colonial Governor of New Jersey (1763–1776), and a steadfast Loyalist throughout the American Revolutionary War.
They took in Franklin's recently acknowledged young illegitimate son, William, and raised him in their household.

Kite experiment

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Although often depicted as a young child when he assisted his father in the famed kite experiment of 1752, William was at least 21 years old at the time.
It was proposed and may have been conducted by Benjamin Franklin with the assistance of his son William Franklin.

Perth Amboy, New Jersey

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She was interred beneath the altar of St. Paul's Chapel in lower Manhattan, where she had resided after the British evacuated Perth Amboy.
Most notably, the Proprietary House, the home of William Franklin, the last Royal Governor of New Jersey and estranged son of Benjamin Franklin, still stands in the waterfront area of the city.

William Temple Franklin

While in London, Franklin sired an illegitimate son, William Temple Franklin, who was born 22 February 1762.
William Temple Franklin, called Temple, was born in 1760, the illegitimate (and only) son of William Franklin, notably illegitimate as well, who sired him while a law student in London.

Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson

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As a young man, William became engaged to Elizabeth Graeme, daughter of prominent Philadelphia physician Dr. Thomas Graeme and granddaughter of Pennsylvania's 14th Governor, Sir William Keith.
When Elizabeth was seventeen, she met, and later began courting, William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin.

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(In contrast, his father Benjamin was one of the most prominent of the Patriot leaders of the American Revolution and a Founding Father of the United States.)
The revolution could divide families, such as William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin and royal governor of the Province of New Jersey who remained loyal to the Crown throughout the war.

Litchfield, Connecticut

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Discovered, he was held in solitary confinement at Litchfield, Connecticut for eight months.
During the American Revolutionary War several prominent Loyalists were held prisoner in the town, including William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin, and David Mathews, Mayor of New York City.

Josiah Hardy

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He replaced Josiah Hardy, a merchant and colonial administrator who sided with the New Jersey legislature against the government in London.
He was succeeded in the post by William Franklin, the son of Benjamin Franklin.

Deborah Read

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William was raised by Benjamin Franklin and Deborah Read, his common-law wife; William always called her his mother.
They also raised Franklin's illegitimate son William.

Sir Charles Asgill, 2nd Baronet

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When he heard of Huddy's death, General George Washington threatened to execute Captain Charles Asgill, a British officer who had been captured at Yorktown, unless Lippincott were handed over to the American military.
Huddy was conveyed to New York City, then under British control, where he was summarily sentenced to be executed by William Franklin, the Loyalist son of Benjamin Franklin.

John Bacon (Loyalist)

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Once in New York, Boyd Schlenther says he became, "the acknowledged leader of the American loyalists, for whom he struggled to secure aid. He also built up an unofficial yet active spy network. " He set up Loyalist military units to fight the Patriots, such as "Bacon's Refugees".
He became a member of the "Board of Associated Loyalists" an organization of associators, which was chartered by King George III and overseen by William Franklin, British royal governor of the New Jersey Colony (and son of Benjamin Franklin).

Franklin Lakes, New Jersey

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* Franklin Township in Bergen County, New Jersey, was named in William's honor, as was the borough of Franklin Lakes.
The borough was named for William Franklin, the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin, a steadfast Loyalist who served as the last colonial Governor of New Jersey.

Benedict Arnold

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In 1779, he had learned through his friend Jonathan Odell, and British Secret Service agent John André, that Benedict Arnold was secretly defecting to the British.
Odell was a Loyalist working with William Franklin, the last colonial governor of New Jersey and the son of Benjamin Franklin.

Burlington Company

The Burlington Company included William Franklin, the last Colonial Governor of New Jersey (1763-1776).

Joshua Huddy

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In 1782 Franklin was implicated in the Loyalist officer Richard Lippincott's hanging of Joshua Huddy.
On March 24, a large irregular force of the Associated Loyalists, an organization headed by William Franklin, overwhelmed Huddy's small band of defenders and took the fort.

Proprietary House

The home was occupied temporarily, 1774 to 1776, by the Royal Governor of New Jersey, William Franklin (the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin).

Sarah Franklin Bache

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Also in their household was her older half-brother William Franklin, her father's illegitimate son whom her parents raised from infancy.

Franklin Township, Bergen County, New Jersey

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* Franklin Township in Bergen County, New Jersey, was named in William's honor, as was the borough of Franklin Lakes.
The Township was named after the colonial-era Governor of New Jersey William Franklin, the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin.

St Pancras Old Church

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William died in 1813, and was buried in London's St Pancras Old Church churchyard.
William Franklin, the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin, and last colonial Governor of New Jersey was interred here in 1814.

Francis Folger Franklin

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Franklin also had an illegitimate son, William (born c.

British America

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undefined 1730 – November 1813) was an American-born attorney, soldier, politician, and colonial administrator.

Colonialism

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undefined 1730 – November 1813) was an American-born attorney, soldier, politician, and colonial administrator.