The State That Almost Was: The Free Republic of Franklin

By John Tiffany. The amazing but little-known tale of America’s almost “14th state”—Seven of original 13 states voted to admit “Franklin” into the union.


We have all heard of the 13 colonies that became the original 13 states of the United States of America. However, few history buffs are aware of what almost became our 14th state.

Some of the other states would not allow that 14th state into the union, although they wanted to admit Canada, which wasn’t even interested in joining the newly formed American confederation. . . . [Read the entire article as PDF…]

Taken from

The Barnes Review, July/August 2013: The Legacy of John Sevier