History of the United States

The Fourteenth U.S. State That Almost Was

The State of Franklin was an autonomous "territory" located in modern-day eastern Tennessee. It was also known as the Free Republic of Franklin and the State of Frankland, taking its name from Benjamin Franklin.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. In the late 18th century, the governor in a region near North Carolina had an annual salary of a thousand deer skins. 00:21

  2. There was a petition for a 14th state, the State of Franklin, in year 1784. 00:33

  3. The would-be 14th U.S. in 1784 was named after Benjamin Franklin. 00:43

Written by Curiosity Staff June 26, 2015

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