When Franks came to Philadelphia from New York, he contributed to Mikveh Israel Synagogue until his marriage in the Swedish Lutheran Church, Gloria Dei. Although not active in a synagogue, Franks continued to work on behalf of Philadelphia's Jewish community. A prosperous merchant, Franks rented his home in Germantown to President George Washington twice during the 1790s.
Franks' home, the Germantown White House, is part of Independence Park.
Last updated: September 3, 2016