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William Franklin

(1730—1813) colonial governor


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(1730?–1813), son of Benjamin Franklin, grew up in Philadelphia, where he was comptroller of the general post office and clerk of the provincial assembly until 1757, when he went to England as his father's companion and secretary. He was royal governor of New Jersey (1763–76), but his Tory attitude led to his arrest and imprisonment during the Revolution, and after 1782 he lived in England. His father's Autobiography was written for his benefit. His son William Temple Franklin (1760–1823) was Benjamin Franklin's secretary in later years, and edited his works.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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