The act establishing Franklin County does not state for whom the county was named, but it is generally accepted as having been named for Judge Benjamin C.
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) and Mary Graves (Cleveland) Franklin, was born in Georgia on April 25, 1805.
He was educated at Franklin College in Athens, Georgia, and admitted to the bar in 1827.
The exact date of his appointment has not been ascertained, but it was before June 15, 1836.
The position had been tendered to James Collinsworth on April 12, but he declined.
He retired to a small farm near Livingston, Polk County, and remained until 1870, when he returned to Galveston. Franklin's first wife was Eliza Carter Brantly, whom he married on October 31, 1837; they had two children. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law. Kemp, "FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN CROMWELL," accessed July 18, 2018,