State of Franklin

former country

The State of Franklin (also the Free Republic of Franklin or the State of Frankland) was a part of the United States of America that wanted to become a U.S. state. The proposed state was located in what is now the eastern part of Tennessee.[1]

The State of Franklin (Frankland)
August 1784 – December 1788

The state of Franklin highlighted on a map of Tennessee

Jonesborough, August 1784 – December 1785

Greeneville, December 1785 – 1788
 • Coordinates36°10′N 82°49′W / 36.167°N 82.817°W / 36.167; -82.817
 • TypeRepublic / Organized, extralegal territory
"Governor" (President) 
• December 1784 – December 1788
President/Governor Col. John Sevier
Speaker of the Senate 
• December 1784 – December 1788
Landon Carter
• Speaker of the House
August 1784 – June 1785
William Cage
• Speaker of the House
June 1785 – December 1788
Col. Joseph Hardin
LegislatureCongress of Greeneville
• Upper house
• Lower House
House of Representatives
Historical erapost American Revolution
• North Carolina cedes the Washington District to federal government
April 1784
• Secedes from North Carolina and blocks federal government claims; Franklin proclaimed
August 23 1784
• Petition for Frankland statehood sent to Congress
May 16, 1785
• Provisional name changed to "Franklin"
December 24, 1785
• Disbanded; and re-acquired by North Carolina
March–September 1788 1788
• Area is designated part of the Southwest Territory
Political subdivisionsCounties
Preceded by
Succeeded by
North Carolina
North Carolina
Today part ofEast Tennessee, United States


  1. Arthur, John Preston (1914); [sic] "History of Western North Carolina – Chapter VI – The State of Franklin"; John Preston Arthur; 1914; (HTML by Jeffrey C. Weaver); October 1998. Retrieved from New River.