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Benjamin Cromwell Franklin (April 25, 1805December 25, 1873) was the first judicial officeholder in the Republic of Texas.

Franklin was born in Georgiamarker, and educated at Franklin College at the University of Georgiamarker in Athensmarker, before being admitted to the bar in 1827. In 1835, he travelled to Texasmarker, and supported a declaration of war against Mexicomarker. On April 7 1836, he was appointed a captain in the Texas army.

In March 1836, the Republic of Texas captured a U.S.-ownedmarker brig, Pocket. Upon realising that this action could alienate the United States, the Texan government took steps to investigate the matter, and President David G. Burnet appointed Franklin district judge of Brazoriamarker to investigate the matter. Franklin resigned his judgeship in 1839, moving to Galvestonmarker to practice law.

Franklin was elected to represent Galveston in the House of Representatives in the Third, Fifth, and Eighth Texas Legislatures. Franklin was also elected to serve in the Senate of the Fourteenth Texas Legislature, but died 25 December 1873, 2½ weeks before the start of the regular session

Although it is not officially recorded, Franklin Countymarker is generally believed to have been named in his honor.

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