Look Who’s Related: Benjamin Franklin & The Co-Founder of the Pony Express

Posted April 1, 2011 by Geni | 6 Comments

Among the many hats that he wore, Benjamin Franklin was the United States’ first Postmaster General. Eighty-five years later, William Hepburn Russell co-founded the Pony Express. That alone is an interesting tidbit, but did you know that Benjamin Franklin and William Russell were actually distant cousins? Here’s how:

William Hepburn Russell is Benjamin Franklin's 18th cousin five times removed

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