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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 21, 2019 04:56 PM
From: Representative Jennifer O'Mara
To: All House members
Subject: Honoring the Life of Jane Franklin Mecom, Sister and Close Confidant of Benjamin Franklin
Think of the thousands of individuals who “have Probably been lost to the world, and lived and died in Ignorance and meanness, merely for want of being Placed in favourable Situations, and Injoying Proper Advantages.” These words, which Jane Franklin Mecom wrote to her brother Benjamin over two centuries ago, still hold true today and represent the story of two Americas.

Born the youngest of seventeen children, Jane was the sister of Benjamin Franklin and remained his closest confidant throughout both of their lives. Yet, her story was not one of wealth and fame. Jane’s life represents a sorrowful tale of poverty that was common in the eighteenth century and is indicative of the countless people who are overlooked in our history.

I am introducing a resolution to recognize Jane Franklin Mecom’s birthday on March 27 and honor her life. Join me by supporting this resolution and, in so doing, help to recognize the innumerable individuals who have contributed to our society, but have are overshadowed and forgotten in the recounting of our history.

Introduced as HR179