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William Temple Franklin
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Birth: Feb. 22, 1762
Greater London, England
Death: May 25, 1823, France

Illegitimate, only son of William Franklin (last colonial governor of New Jersey, mother unknown) and grandson of and secretary to Benjamin Franklin. Temple, as he was familiarly known, accompanied his famous grandfather to France in late 1776 and worked as secretary to the American diplomatic mission during the American Revolution and as secretary to the American delegation at the Treaty of Paris in 1782-1783. As the elder Franklin's literary heir, he edited and published editions of Benjamin Franklin's writings, including his well-known Autobiography. He married his long-time mistress Hannah Collyer a few months before his 1823 death, in poverty, in Paris. 
 
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 Parents:
  William Franklin (1731 - 1813)
 
 Children:
  Sarah Ann Franklin Cooper (1788 - 1874)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Ci-GIT William Temple Franklin
NE LE 22 FEVRIER 1762
MORT LE 25 MAI 1823
PETIT FILS DE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

IL FUT TOUJOURS DIGNE D'UN NOM
QUI S'ÉTEINT AVEC LUI

SA VEUVE INCONSOLABLE
LUI A FAIT ELEVER CE MONUMENT
COMME UNSIGNE
D'UNE DOLEUR QUI NE FINIRA
QU'AVEC SA VIE

REQUIESCAT IN PACE

--- translation --

Here Lies William Temple Franklin
Born 22 February 1762
Died 25 May 1823
Grandson of Benjamin Franklin

He has always been worthy of a name
that will disappear [die] with him.

His inconsolable widow erects this monument to him
as a sign of a pain that will never end
except with her life.

Rest In Peace.
 
Burial:
Cimetière du Père Lachaise
Paris
City of Paris
Île-de-France, France
 
Created by: Margaret Orthodox
Record added: Jul 30, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40047536
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