Franklin, Ohio

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Franklin is a city in Warren County, Ohio, United States. The population was 11,396 at the 2000 census.



Franklin was founded by General William C. Schenck, in 1796. The settlement was named for Benjamin Franklin. Franklin was incorporated in 1814 and became a city in 1951.

One of the first four post offices in Warren County, Ohio was established 1 April 1805. The Franklin Post Office still stands today though on a different site from that on which it was originally built. The first postmaster was John N. C. Schenck, brother of General Schenck.

Robert C. Schenck was born in Franklin 4 October 1809. He elected to Congress in 1843 and served several terms. He later was commissioned a Brigadier General and was a veteran of the Civil War.[1] He died in 1890.

John Brown was a leader of Franklin from 1835 to 1839. He was a horse breeder and land speculator and eventually went bankrupt. He moved on to other areas of Ohio. The first item associated with the name Belmont in horseracing was a horse named Belmont who was born and bred in Franklin, Ohio and went to California in 1853. [2].

One of the most famous horses raised in Franklin was Nightingale, a chestnut mare owned by D. M. Anderson. Nightingale was sired from Mambrino King-Minnequa Maid, and by Wood's Hambletonian. She held the 3 mile harness racing record at 6:55½.

On August 11, 1971 the city opened what was considered the world's first Garbage Recycling Plant. The plant was designed and built by the Black Clawson Company. The plant was designed to recycle metals from the solid waste stream and remove paper products for further use. A fluidized bed incinerated what was left of the trash. The paper fibers removed became part of a paper used for roofing materials.[3]

In 1989 Franklin was at the center of a Major League Baseball controversy when Alan Stratman, a lawyer for Ron Peters, owner of a restaurant named Jonathans Cafe claimed he was Pete Rose's "principal bookmaker". Some of the records kept by Ron Peters were used by the principal investigator, John Dowd, in his report to the commissioner of baseball. [3][4] The restaurant has since been torn down and replaced by a gas station.

Franklin is the home of the Franklin campus of Southwestern College.


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