William Franklin (ca. 1730/31-1813) was the thirteenth, and last, of New Jersey's royal governors. He was the natural son of Philadelphia printer and diplomat Benjamin Franklin, through whose influence William was appointed to the New Jersey governorship on 9 September 1762.
This collection consists of the oaths of office of the governors and acting governors of the State of New Jersey from 1790 to the present. They are generally large, manuscript certificates, a number from the twentieth century being also elaborately illuminated with colored inks.