Today in New Jersey History – February 24

On this day in 1763, William Franklin, the son of Benjamin Franklin, became the last royal governor of New Jersey. Appointed by George III, he earned a reputation as an able administrator, but his espousal of the Loyalist cause put him at odds with the state’s populace as well as causing an irreparable breach with his father with whom he never reconciled. Volumes 9 and 10 of Documents Relating to the Colonial History of New Jersey contain writings generated during his tenure as governor. Additional information can be found at: The Franklin Institute and the American Philosophical Society. Letters from Benjamin Franklin to his son are found here.

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