Governor William Franklin Home Site<
Beverly Rancocas Rd. and John F. Kennedy Way
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William Franklin was the son of Benjamin Franklin. He served as the Royal Governor of New Jersey from 1763-1776. During that time, he had his official governor's residence first in Burlington and then in Perth Amboy.
The story of William's term as Royal Governor, which ended with his arrest in 1776, is told in detail in the Proprietary House entry on the Perth Amboy page.
1. ^ William Franklin's property is usually referred to in contemporary documents as having been at Rancocas.
Using modern-day boundaries, the community of Rancocas within Westampton is about eight tenths of a mile east of this sign.
Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin, An American Life (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003) Pages 434-435