Maysville Kentucky Had Its Own Ben Franklin
In 1890 he relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, and was appointed as Arizona's Territorial Governor a few years later. He served from April 18, 1896, to July 29, 1897. Arizona was not a state at the time and Franklin worked towards statehood while in office. He also supported the irrigation of dry Arizona lands and a taxation of the railroads. When he left office, railroads still escaped taxation, Arizona was still a territory, and the land was still arid, but he had only served a year. A heart attack forced him to leave office and return to practicing law. Within a year, he died of another heart attack.