Silas Benjamin Franklin

Brief Life History of Silas Benjamin

When Silas Benjamin Franklin was born on 5 October 1877, in Winnebago, Winnebago, Illinois, United States, his father, Oscar Franklin, was 35 and his mother, Aurilla F Knapp, was 25.

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Oscar Franklin
1842–1914
Aurilla F Knapp
1852–1943
Lucretia Florence Franklin
1872–1960
Charles M Franklin
Everett Dumont Franklin
1875–1958
Silas Benjamin Franklin
1877–
Charles Mortimer Franklin
1880–1963

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    World Events (3)

    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

    Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

    1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

    A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

    1885 · The First Skyscraper

    The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.

    Name Meaning

    English: status name from Middle English frankeleyn ‘freeman, freeholder, land-owner of free but not noble birth’ (Anglo-Norman French fraunclein). In general, he was a gentleman ranked above the main body of minor freeholders but below a knight or a member of the nobility.

    Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames, such as Frankel .

    History: The American statesman and scientist Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) was the son of Josiah Franklin, a chandler (dealer in soap and candles), who had emigrated c. 1682 from Ecton, Northamptonshire, to Boston, MA, where his son was born.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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