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William Franklin [electronic resource] : son of a patriot, servant of a king /
Sheila L. Skemp.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1990.
description
xiv, 358 p., [12] p. of plates : ill.
ISBN
0195057457 (Cloth)
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1990.
isbn
0195057457 (Cloth)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 17, 2007).
catalogue key
7372341
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-347) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-12:
Skemp has produced a well-researched, nicely written, and a long-needed biography of Benjamin Franklin's son William, who became Royal Governor of New Jersey. It invites comparison with Willard Randall's A Little Revenge: Benjamin Franklin and His Son (CH, Jun '85). Both deserve consideration by scholars of the Tory-Patriot struggle although they are different in approach and direction. Skemp devotes more attention to William Franklin's life and career, especially as governor of New Jersey when he constantly faced loyalities divided between his King and his country. There are some conjectural passages scattered throughout the book and some readers will be annoyed at the constant references to "Ben" while the son is invariably "William"--never the familiar "Billy." There is an excellent bibliographical essay, but the index is brief and difficult to use. Some of the illustrations are inadequately captioned. The notes are abundant and informative. This book should be in every collegiate library and will prove worthwhile to all readers interested in the Tory position throughout the Revolutionary period. -C. R. Allen Jr., emeritus, Widener University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1990-06-15:
This book provides the first full-length biography of William Franklin (1730-1814), the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin, who tried to reconcile conflicting interests in his political and personal life. It describes how Franklin, the last colonial governor of New Jersey, attempted to balance his allegiances to the Crown and the Colonies and was eventually arrested by the rebels as head of the Board of Associated Loyalists. He was exiled to England after the Revolutionary War. The book explains the disastrous effect of this political decision upon Franklin's relationships with his father and son, Temple, which deteriorated beyond repair after the war. This well-researched, sympathetic biography narrates the political changes and personal tragedies which resulted from the American Revolution. Recommended for scholars in the field.-- David Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"A well-researched, nicely written, and a long-needed biography of Benjamin Franklin's son William....This book should be in every collegiate library and will prove worthwhile to all readers interested in the Tory position throughout the Revolutionary period."-- Choice
"A well-researched, nicely written, and a long-needed biography of Benjamin Franklin's son William....This book should be in every collegiate library and will prove worthwhile to all readers interested in the Tory position throughout the Revolutionary period."--Choice
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An engrossing biography of Benjamin Franklin's illegitimate son, showing how the America Revolution tore Ben and William apart. This accoutn follows William Frnklin's career from fighting in the French and Indian War to leading royal loyalists in New York, Capturing the bitterness of a family split between father and son, patriot and loyalist.
Main Description
When Benjamin Franklin flew his kite in a thunderstorm in his famous experiment, his illegitimate son William was his only companion. Together they traveled through the western wilds of Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War, fought in the colony's fractious political battles. Ben helped his son attain the post of Royal Governor of New Jersey, and William's government hired Ben to represent the colony in London. But when war came, father and son were split: one acclaimed as a patriot hero, the other a loyalist condemned by his countrymen. InWilliam Franklin, Sheila Skemp tells the story of this fascinating and complex man, a man with a foot in both worlds--he loved both King and country, and saw the interests of both as inextricably intertwined. She follows William's early years as a militia officer in the wars with the French, his life as a law student in England, and his long tenure as Royal Governor of New Jersey. Skemp highlights the close personal and political relationship between father and son, depicting such ironic episodes as William's defense of his father against charges that Ben was the author of the infamous Stamp Act. But as the years passed, Ben, in London, grew increasingly bitter toward the Crown, while William, in America, remained devoted to the King. By the time war came, their loyalties were divided, their relationship destroyed. Skemp traces William's career through the tumult of revolution and exile. Refusing to follow his fellow royal governors into asylum, he was arrested by the patriots and jailed; his wife soon died, and his property was confiscated. Upon release, William became president of the Board of Associated Loyalists in New York, where--neglected by the British and despised by the revolutionaries--he authorized one of the most notorious atrocities of the war, the hanging of Joshua Huddy. At war's end, Franklin fled into exile in England, hated by his countrymen, and disowned by the father he still venerated, and even loved. Sweeping and authoritative,William Franklincaptures some of the great issues and personalities of the Revolutionary era, and the bitterness of a family split between father and son, patriot and loyalist.
Main Description
When Benjamin Franklin flew his kite in a thunderstorm in his famous experiment, his illegitimate son William was his only companion. Together they traveled through the western wilds of Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War, fought in the colony's fractious political battles. Ben helped his son attain the post of Royal Governor of New Jersey, and William's government hired Ben to represent the colony in London. But when war came, father and son were split: one acclaimed as a patriot hero, the other a loyalist condemned by his countrymen. In William Franklin , Sheila Skemp tells the story of this fascinating and complex man, a man with a foot in both worlds--he loved both King and country, and saw the interests of both as inextricably intertwined. She follows William's early years as a militia officer in the wars with the French, his life as a law student in England, and his long tenure as Royal Governor of New Jersey. Skemp highlights the close personal and political relationship between father and son, depicting such ironic episodes as William's defense of his father against charges that Ben was the author of the infamous Stamp Act. But as the years passed, Ben, in London, grew increasingly bitter toward the Crown, while William, in America, remained devoted to the King. By the time war came, their loyalties were divided, their relationship destroyed. Skemp traces William's career through the tumult of revolution and exile. Refusing to follow his fellow royal governors into asylum, he was arrested by the patriots and jailed; his wife soon died, and his property was confiscated. Upon release, William became president of the Board of Associated Loyalists in New York, where--neglected by the British and despised by the revolutionaries--he authorized one of the most notorious atrocities of the war, the hanging of Joshua Huddy. At war's end, Franklin fled into exile in England, hated by his countrymen, and disowned by the father he still venerated, and even loved. Sweeping and authoritative, William Franklin captures some of the great issues and personalities of the Revolutionary era, and the bitterness of a family split between father and son, patriot and loyalist.
Long Description
When Benjamin Franklin flew his kite in a thunderstorm in his famous experiment, his illegitimate son William was his only companion. Together they traveled through the western wilds of Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War, fought in the colony's fractious political battles. Ben helped his son attain the post of Royal Governor of New Jersey, and William's government hired Ben to represent the colony in London. But when war came, father and son were split: one acclaimed as a patriot hero, the other a loyalist condemned by his countrymen. In William Franklin, Sheila Skemp tells the story of this fascinating and complex man, a man with a foot in both worlds--he loved both King and country, and saw the interests of both as inextricably intertwined. She follows William's early years as a militia officer in the wars with the French, his life as a law student in England, and his long tenure as Royal Governor of New Jersey. Skemp highlights the close personal and political relationship between father and son, depicting such ironic episodes as William's defense of his father against charges that Ben was the author of the infamous Stamp Act. But as the years passed, Ben, in London, grew increasingly bitter toward the Crown, while William, in America, remained devoted to the King. By the time war came, their loyalties were divided, their relationship destroyed. Skemp traces William's career through the tumult of revolution and exile. Refusing to follow his fellow royal governors into asylum, he was arrested by the patriots and jailed; his wife soon died, and his property was confiscated. Upon release, William became president of the Board of Associated Loyalists in New York, where--neglected by the British and despised by the revolutionaries--he authorized one of the most notorious atrocities of the war, the hanging of Joshua Huddy. At war's end, Franklin fled into exile in England, hated by his countrymen, and disowned by the father he still venerated, and even loved. Sweeping and authoritative, William Franklin captures some of the great issues and personalities of the Revolutionary era, and the bitterness of a family split between father and son, patriot and loyalist.
Long Description
This is an unusual and fascinating biography of William Franklin, Benjamin Franklin's illegitimate son, who, with the onset of Independence, became a visible spokesman for the Loyalist cause. This biography sheds light on imperial issues and personalities in the Revolution period and explores with great understanding the complicated relationships between William Franklin and his father.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. xi
An "Indulgent" Father, a Loyal Sonp. 3
Father, Brother, and Companionp. 22
An Easy, Agreeable Administrationp. 43
"Times of Ferment and Confusion"p. 61
The Letter of the Lawp. 81
Walking a Tightropep. 99
Seeds of Controversyp. 122
A Government Manp. 141
"Two Roads"p. 160
An "Appearance of Government"p. 173
"An Enemy to the Liberties of This Country"p. 192
"Like a Bear Through the Country"p. 209
"An Unwillingness to Quit the Scene of Action"p. 227
"Deprived of Their All"p. 247
Epiloguep. 267
Selected Bibliography: A Note on Sourcesp. 277
Notesp. 291
Indexp. 349
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