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William 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 England. On September 4, 1762, he married Elizabeth Downes in London. They had one son, William Temple Franklin. Upon returning to America, William became Royal Governor of New Jersey. When the Revolution began, William remained loyal to England.
With Ben in America and William in England, father and son found themselves on opposite sides of battle during the American Revolution. This forever strained their relationship. Ben's Last Will and Testament left nearly none of his wealth to William, claiming that if William's England had won the war, Ben would have never had any wealth to leave.
1776 New Jersey militia, acting on resolution of Congress, deprives William Franklin of official functions as royal governor of New Jersey in January; confined to his home in Perth Amboy, he is arrested in June and sent under guard to Connecticut to be imprisoned. Franklin, in Congress, declines to intercede for his son.
He died in London on 16 Nov 1813.
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