A historic marker on Franklin Avenue explains its historic significance: It was surveyed during the Revolutionary War by General Washington's mapmaker Robert Erskine. Franklin Lakes was once part of Franklin Township, which was named for the last British Roayl Governor of New Jersey William Franklin.  William Franklin was the son of Benjamin Franklin.
1.^ Bergen County Historical Society historic marker
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