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Facts about Franklinton
Franklinton is a town in and the parish seat of Washington Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 3,657 at the 2000 census. The elevation is an average of 155 feet (47 m) above sea level.
Located 61 miles (98 km) north of New Orleans, the town's name is pronounced locally as "Frank-lin-ton".
Franklinton is part of the Bogalusa Micropolitan Statistical Area.
A Franklinton physician, Jerry Thomas, represented Washington Parish in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1988–1999. He was elected to the District 12 seat in the state senate, serving from 1999-2004. He had succeeded Phil Short of Covington, who resigned. Prior to his state service, Dr. Thomas was the Washington Parish coroner from 1980-1988.
Elected in 2015, Beth Mizell, a businesswoman from Franklinton, is the current District 12 state senator.
Franklinton was founded in 1819, originally under the name of Franklin. It was designated as the parish seat of government on February 10, 1821, two years after the parish was carved out from St. Tammany Parish.
In 1826 the town's name was changed to Franklinton, as there was already another town named Franklin in St. Mary Parish. In 1826, representatives and citizens from both communities showed up in then-state-capital New Orleans to state their cases for keeping the name "Franklin." The legislature allowed Franklin in St. Mary Parish to retain its name, while changing the Washington Parish's newer seat to Franklinton. The parish was largely rural, based in extensive pine forests.