FRANKLIN, Jesse, (brother of Meshack Franklin), a Representative and a Senator from North Carolina; born in Orange County, Va., March 24, 1760; moved to North Carolina 1774; served as major during the Revolutionary War; member, State house of commons 1793-1794, 1797-1798; member, State senate 1805-1806; elected to the Fourth Congress (March 4, 1795-March 3, 1797); elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1799, until March 3, 1805; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Eighth Congress; again elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate in 1806 and served from March 4, 1807, until March 3, 1813; was not a candidate for reelection; appointed a commissioner to treat with the Chickasaw Indians in 1817; Governor of North Carolina 1820-1821; died in Surry County, N.C., August 31, 1823; interment in the old National Park at Guilford battleground, near Greensboro, N.C.

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North Carolina Division of Archives and History

Raleigh, NC
Papers: 1910-1962. 10 items. Material about Franklin including newspaper articles, biographical sketch (1911) by W. R. Edmonds, and information from Richard Gwyn Franklin about his ancestor. Also gubernatorial papers and miscellaneous items in various collections. Finding aid.
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