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 William Temple Franklin

William Temple Franklin

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 25 May 1823 (aged 61)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Plot 43 Div., 3 Ligne
Memorial ID 40047536 · View Source
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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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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.


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  • Created by: Margaret Orthodox
  • Added: 30 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40047536
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Temple Franklin (22 Feb 1762–25 May 1823), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40047536, citing Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Margaret Orthodox (contributor 47080490) .