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Stained-glass window in Kirkpatrick Chapel depicting William Franklin, Royal Governor of New Jersey, signing the Queen's College charter in 1766.

On this day in 1776, William Franklin, the last colonial governor of New Jersey and Benjamin Franklin's son, signed the charter establishing Queen's College, which later became Rutgers University.

Celebrating Charter Day is a time-honored tradition at Rutgers, the eighth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and one of the nation’s leading public research universities.

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Stained-glass window in Kirkpatrick Chapel depicting William Franklin, Royal Governor of New Jersey, signing the Queen's College charter in 1766.
Stained-glass window in Kirkpatrick Chapel depicting William Franklin, Royal Governor of New Jersey, signing the Queen's College charter in 1766. (Photo by by Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University)

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