- for other current New Jersey townships with the same name see Franklin Township, New Jersey
was a township
that existed in Bergen County
, New Jersey
, United States
from 1771 until 1926.
Franklin Township was established by Royal Charter
on June 1, 1771, when Saddle River Township
was subdivided. The Township was named after the colonial-era Governor of New Jersey William Franklin
, the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin
. By 1755, about 100 families lived in the Franklin Township area.Pompton Township
was formed from portions of the township on April 10, 1797, ultimately becoming part of Passaic County
when it was created on February 7, 1837.
On April 9, 1849, Hohokus Township
was created from the northern part of Franklin Township and extended from the Saddle River
on the east to the western boundary of Bergen County with Passaic County
and north to the New York
border. On March 30, 1876, Ridgewood Township
was created, consisting of the easternmost third of what remained of Franklin Township.
Franklin Township was further subdivided with the creation of Midland Park
(September 6, 1894), Oakland
(April 8, 1902) and Franklin Lakes
(seceded March 11, 1922). The size of Franklin Township decreased as areas seceded and were... Read More