Franklin, Tennessee

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Franklin is a city within and the county seat of Williamson County, Tennessee, United States.[4] The population was 41,842 as of the 2000 census and on July 1, 2008 the estimate was 58,481. Franklin is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) south of downtown Nashville, known for their 4th of July parade and the first ever chili con carnival.



Ewen Cameron built the first house in the town of Franklin. Cameron was born Feb. 23, 1768 in Balgalkan, Ferintosh, Scotland. He emigrated to Virginia in 1785 and from there came to Tennessee. Cameron died Feb. 28, 1846, having lived forty-eight years in the same log house. He and his second wife, Mary, are buried in the old City Cemetery. His descendants have lived in Franklin continuously since 1798 when his son Duncan was the first white child born here.

The City of Franklin was founded by Abram Maury, Jr. (1766–1825), who was also a State Senator and is buried with his family in Founders Pointe, October 26, 1799 and was named after Benjamin Franklin,[5] a close friend of Dr. Hugh Williamson, a member of the Continental Congress for whom Williamson County was named.

The Battle of Franklin was fought on November 30, 1864, resulting in almost 10,000 casualties (killed, wounded, captured and missing) and turning forty-four buildings in town into field hospitals.

Franklin has grown from a very small, agricultural community into a strong blend of residential, commercial and corporate citizens.

Franklin is considered to be the heart of Williamson County.[citation needed]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 41,842 people, (Williamson County's population is 193,595). 16,128 households, and 11,225 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,393.3 people per square mile (538.0/km2). There were 17,296 housing units at an average density of 575.9/sq mi (222.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 84.53% Caucasian, 10.35% Black, 4.84% Hispanic/Latino, 1.61% Asian, 0.24% Native American, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.17% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races.

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