Benjamin franklin, patriot, and william franklin, loyalist sheila l skemp university of mississippi in june, 1789, less than one year before his death, an aging benjamin mutually rewarding relationship between benjamin and william franklin was finally and irrevocably broken patriot, and william franklin, loyalist . Franklin and strahan talked and laughed together and for a time plotted the marriage of franklin's daughter sally, then six or seven years of age, to strahan's son william, who was three years. During this time franklin, with his son william, visited the homes of their ancestors, as franklin reminded william at the beginning of the autobiography, and in 1759 was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from the university of st andrews thereafter he was addressed as dr franklin. This is the story of dr benjamin franklin, the well-known founding father and citizen of the world, and his illegitimate son william, who became the royal governor of new jersey in the mid-1760s, as tensions between the american colonies and the british government across the atlantic began to rise and, eventually, boil over. Between 1750 and 1753, the educational triumvirate of dr benjamin franklin, the american dr samuel johnson of stratford, connecticut, and the immigrant scottish schoolteacher dr william smith built on franklin's initial scheme and created what bishop james madison, president of the college of william & mary, called a new-model plan or.
Benjamin franklin, joint postmaster general of the colonies (1753-1774), and his son william traveled to london together in 1757 there, for the next five years, william studied law, and franklin. In his will, benjamin franklin left william virtually none of his wealth, except some territory in nova scotia, stating that had britain won the war, the elder franklin would have had no wealth to leave to his son anyway[4. The outbreak of the american revolution caused a split between father and son when william, who was royal governor of new jersey, was imprisoned for treason, and his father, one of the foremost.
Owing to his father's pivotal role as a founding father of the american revolution and william's loyalty to britain, the relationship between father and son was strained past the breaking point when benjamin finally decided to take up the patriot's cause, he tried to convince william to join him, but the son stayed steadfastly loyal to the crown. A little revenge is the polar opposite of a hagiography randall's carefully researched biography on the relationship between benjamin franklin and his illegitimate son william serves to pull yet another founding father from his exalted pedestal and examine him in the cold light of his own actions. James isn't unusual in how he acts if anything, franklin is james's narrow-minded treatment of his brother, the way he takes him for granted, and the way he's so quick to judge him when franklin jumps ship, sure indicates that he isn't the greatest guy around, though.
William franklin (1730/31-1813) was benjamin's illegitimate son, and even though he took after his father in many ways, he wound up on the other side of the revolutionary war, forever breaking the. But first, let me point out that we're talking about william, the illegitimate son of benjamin franklin you heard that right, friends, illegitimate you heard that right, friends, illegitimate born in philadelphia to an unidentified woman of low standing, according to the town's gossip mongers. The loyal son is the first dual biography in over two decades, since sheila l skemp’s benjamin and william franklin: father and son, patriot and loyalist epstein’s book is an elegant if. 1764, when benjamin franklin and his quaker party were fighting for their political existence, the franklins' adversaries dredged up the whole affair in order to cast aspersions on the elder franklin's character. “away from his father, [william] had grown into a man of his own, as convinced of the correctness of his principles as his father was of his principles, and as stubborn in defending them,” wrote h w brands in his 2000 book the first american: the life and times of benjamin franklin.
The succession to doctor franklin at the court of france was an excellent school of humility”1 so thomas jefferson reflected as he prepared notes for a eulogy that would be read in memory of benjamin franklin (january 17 (january 6 os), 1706-april 17, 1790) at the american philosophical society on march 1, 1791 yet this “school of. Using the accounts of benjamin franklin (a patriot) and william franklin (a loyalist), skemp’s thesis demonstrates how both men wanted what was best for the colonies it was their different perspectives of government, not their values, which collided. Franklin writes to his son, william, the governor of new jersey, from twyford, england, in 1771 he is doing research on his ancestors and thinks his son might be interested in anecdotes about his (franklin's) life, so he decides to put them in writing. A painting of franklin’s return to philadelphia from europe in 1785 shows him flanked by his son-in-law (in red), his daughter and benjamin bache (in blue), the grandson he’d taken to france. In london, franklin had an extremely strong platonic relationship with his widowed landlady, margaret stevenson, and was like a father to her daughter polly he wrote in strictest confidence to his son william that “having lived long in england, benjamin franklin to william shirley, december 22, 1754, in leonard w labree, et al,.
It appears by dr franklin's will, that, at the time of his death, there were living descendants of his brothers samuel and james, and of his sisters, anne, sarah, lydia, and jane he left a small bequest to each of them. The autobiography opens with a salutation to ben franklin son, william franklin who at the time was the royal governor of new jersey franklin is writing in the summer of 1771 on vacation in a small town about 50 miles south of london franklin says that because his son may wish to know about his. In a candid report to william legge, 2nd earl of dartmouth and the british secretary of state for the colonies, on this day in 1775, benjamin franklin’s illegitimate son, new jersey royal.
Benjamin franklin's parents were josiah franklin and abiah folger josiah franklin was born in northamptonshire, england, in 1657, and came to the colonies in 1682 he worked as a candle and soap maker in boston. Benjamin franklin's daughter katharine baetjer curator, european paintings, the metropolitan museum of art sarah and richard's son franklin, who accompa- nied his grandfather to france in 1776, became the of scotland22 eventually they settled near william franklin and his second wife in london, where they rented rooms from a mr perica.
William franklin was born in philadelphia, pennsylvania, then a colony in british americahe was the illegitimate son of benjamin franklin, a leading figure in the cityhis mother's identity is unknown confusion exists about william's birth and parentage because benjamin was secretive about his son's origins. C1730 – 1814, last royal governor of new jersey i was the illegitimate son of benjamin franklin and grew up living above his printing shop in central philadelphia. Thus, benjamin franklin was most likely the son which mrs franklin thought to be an arminian, and it was his brother who denied the existence of the trinity aside from this, however, the thing to note about this letter is that franklin responded to his mother's concerns by quoting scripture.