John Wilkinson (Franklin automobile)

John Wilkinson (February 11, 1868 – June 25, 1951) was born in Syracuse, New York. He invented the air-cooled motor which was used in the Franklin (automobile) produced by H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company where he was chief engineer and designer from 1902 to 1924.

John Wilkinson
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John Wilkinson in 1947
Born(1868-02-11)February 11, 1868[1]
DiedJune 25, 1951(1951-06-25) (aged 83)
EducationCornell University
OccupationMechanical engineer, Inventor, Business
Spouse(s)Edith Belden (Known as DeeDee)
ChildrenHelen Wilkinson Blagbrough (1897-1947), Anne Belden Wilkinson Sherry (1899-1997), John Belden Wilkinson (1905-1951)
Parent(s)Joshua Forman Wilkinson (1829-1889)
Louisa B. Rayner[2]

He was a native of Syracuse and a member of an established, respected, wealthy family. His grandfather, John Wilkinson (1798–1862), was one of the original pioneers of Upstate, New York.[3] As a young man, Wilkinson, Sr. was a city planner and named the newly incorporated village, Syracuse.[4]


  1. ^ Fitch, Charles Elliott (1916). Encyclopedia of biography of New York. The American Historical Society, New York, N.Y., 1916, pg. 123. p. 123. john wilkinson postmaster syracuse born.
  2. ^ a b "John Wilkinson". Family Tree Maker, 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2010-07-24.
  3. ^ "1915 Franklin - Vintage - Jay Leno's Garage". NBC Corp, Inc., New York. N.Y., 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-23.
  4. ^ "Revolutionary War veteran's son gave city its name". The Post-Standard. Syracuse, New York. August 27, 2002.

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