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A STATE FOR BEN

Even those familiar with the history of Amerricand statehood may know little about the short-lived frontier state of Franklin (1784-88), named after Benjamin Franklin.

The state of Franklin, which today is part of Tennessee, which today is part of Tennessee, was formed by mountain settlers out of certain western lands of North Carolina and other territory purchased later from Indiana by the Treaty of Dumplin Creek (1785).Once established, however, Franklin's problems began. Congress refused recognition. Feuding between North Carolina loyalists and those loyal to Franklin led to duplication of government services. Taxes were levied by both states.

Duplicate law courts administered justice, and fights broke out between opposing factions.

Finally, when Franklin Fov. John Sevier's term expired, and no one replaced him, the state of Franklin quietly passed away.

On March 27, 1977, 582 people weere killed in aviation's worst disaster when a KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on a runway on the Canary Island of Tenerife.