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Franklin Township


Franklin Township municipal offices are located at 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset NJ 08873; phone: 732-873-2500.

Blackwells Mills Canal House, ca. 1835, Blackwells Mills and Canal Roads, Franklin Township, NJ, National Register

Photo: Blackwells Mills Canal House, ca. 1835, Blackwells Mills and Canal Roads, Franklin Township, NJ. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places ca. 1973. Photographed by user:Richard Arthur Norton, 2006, (own work) [cc-by-2.5 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed July, 2013.

Franklin Township was included in Money Magazine's 2008 top 100 in its list titled "America's Best Small Cities. It ranked number 5.

It is apparent that the township was named for some person named Franklin. Which one, however, varies according to different historians. Some claim Benjamin Franklin, while others identify William Franklin, New Jersey Governor 1762-1776.

The township is home to 22 miles of the Delaware and Raritan Canal, built in 1834.

Among notables born in Franklin Township is Theodore Frelinghuysen [1787-1862] who served as New Jersey Attorney General, a U.S. Senator, Chancellor of New York University, and President of Rutgers College.

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