WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Sunday, August 23rd. The War of Independence was barely over when the young United States faced a secession movement. On this date in 1784, several counties in a vast territory appended to North Carolina combined to seek admittance as the state of Franklin. These counties were on the eastern fringe of the large tract stretching from the Allegheny Mountains to the Mississippi. In 1785, Franklin fell short of the votes in Congress for admittance, but existed for a few years as an independent republic. Reabsorbed into U.S. territory in the 1790s, the area now forms the northeast portion of Tennessee. If the notional state of Franklin existed today, the latest Census estimates of its counties' population is around 893,000, and would make it 46th in size among 51 states and the District of Columbia. Profile America is in its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 7601
State population rankings: http://www.infoplease.com/us/states/population-by-rank.html
Franklin's component counties: http://www.tnhistoryforkids.org/places/state_of_franklin
Estimating Franklin's population: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/47000.html
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau