Franklin (1731 - 1813)
The illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin
His mother's name was never revealed.
Some suggested that Deborah may have been his mother but
that Ben took all the blame to protect her honor because
they were not yet married.
Young William traveled with his father, attending school in
On September 4, 1762, William married Elizabeth Downes.
William had one son, William Temple Franklin.
Upon returning to America, William became Royal Governor of
When the Revolution began, William remained loyal to
With Ben in America and William in England, father and son
found themselves on opposite sides of battle during the
This forever strained their relationship.
Ben's Last Will and Testament left nearly none of his wealth to William,
if William's England had won the war, Ben would have never
had any wealth to leave.
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