Frederick William Franz
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|Frederick William Franz|
Frederick William Franz
|Born||12 September 1893|
Covington, Kentucky, U.S.
|Died||22 December 1992 (aged 99)|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
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BiographyFranz was born on September 12, 1893 in Covington, Kentucky. He was baptized in the Lutheran Church, but attended Catholic services as a child as a matter of convenience, before later attending the Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Woodward High School in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1911 and attended the University of Cincinnati where he studied liberal arts and later (for two years) Biblical Greek, with the intention of becoming a Presbyterian preacher. He learned German and could read Latin and Greek and in later years learned Spanish, Portuguese and French and a basic understanding of Hebrew. His association with the Bible Students began after he read some of the literature of Charles Taze Russell. He was baptized as a Bible Student on either November 30, 1913, or, according to Franz, April 5, 1914.
In 1920 he joined the Watch Tower headquarters staff in Brooklyn, New York and in 1926 became a member of the editorial staff as a Bible researcher and writer for the Society’s publications. Upon the death of Watch Tower president Joseph Rutherford, Franz became head of the editorial department, and in 1945 he replaced Hayden C. Covington as vice-president of the Watch Tower Society. Franz was the Society's leading theologian and has been named as a leading figure in the preparation of the Witnesses' New World Translation of the Bible. His nephew and fellow Governing Body member Raymond Franz resigned from the Governing Body and was subsequently disfellowshipped in 1982 during F.W. Franz's presidency.
Franz died in Brooklyn, New York in 1992 at the age of 99 and was succeeded as president by Milton G. Henschel.
- Jehovah's Witnesses - Proclaimers of God's Kingdom, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1993, page 111.
- "Looking Back Over 93 Years of Living", The Watchtower, May 1, 1987, page 22-30.
- Penton, M. James (1997). Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah's Witnesses (2nd ed.). University of Toronto Press. p. 174. ISBN 0-8020-7973-3.
- "Rewarded With the Crown of Life", The Watchtower, March 15, 1993, page 31, 32.
- "Looking Back Over 93 Years of Living", The Watchtower", May 1, 1987, page 25
- Walsh vs Honorable James Latham, Court of Session Scotland, 1954, examination of Frederick Franz pp. 5-6
- Rogerson, Alan (1969). Millions Now Living Will Never Die: A Study of Jehovah's Witnesses. Constable & Co, London. p. 66. ISBN 009-455940-6.
- Michael Marlowe editor, The New World Translation, published online by Bible Research
- Wills, Tony (2006), A People For His Name, Lulu Enterprises, p. 253, ISBN 978-1-4303-0100-4
- Witness Under Prosecution, Time Magazine, February 22, 1982
- New York Times, December 24, 1992.
Nathan H. Knorr
|President of Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania|
June 22, 1977-December 22, 1992
Milton G. Henschel
|Name||Franz, Frederick William|
|Short description||American Jehovah's Witness leader|
|Date of birth||September 12, 1893|
|Place of birth||Covington, Kentucky|
|Date of death||December 22, 1992|
|Place of death||Brooklyn, New York|