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Frederick William Franz (September 12, 1893 – December 22, 1992) served as President of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, the legal entity used to direct the work of Jehovah's Witnesses. He had previously served as Vice President of the same corporation from 1945 until 1977 and as a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses before replacing Nathan H. Knorr as president in June 1977. Biography Listen to his talk called "Decision" about his life story in his own words. Franz 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. (Kenneth Flodin explains why the official date is 1913)In 1920 he joined the Watch Tower headquarters staff in Brooklyn, New Yorkand 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.1992 Fred Franz Death - Brooklyn Heights Press PDFTalks by Frederick William FranzFred Franz predicts September 5, 1975Will the Gates of Hell Prevail Against Vatican City? - 1971Operation of the Holy Spirit - 1982Counsel by the Vice-President of School - 1953Filling the House with Glory - 1953 New World Assembly at Yankee Stadium References 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. Preceded by Nathan Knorr.......... President of Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania............. June 8, 1977 - December 30, 1992 Succeeded by Milton G. Henschel 1992_Fred_Franz_Death-Brooklyn_Heights_Press.pdf
Portrait of Frederick W. Franz Approximately 36”x48Â”Â Oil on canvas Patterson Educational Center Patterson, NY Artist: anonymous (not me) This portrait depicts brother F.W. Franz in his later years. He spoke several languages including Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English and Spanish, was a Bible scholar, had a sense of humor, sang opera, played the harmonica, was a member of the Governing Body and the fourth president of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. I had the privilege to sit at the head table at Bethel with him for morning worship and breakfast at Brooklyn for about 4 years and his office was on the 9th floor of the 25 Columbia Heights Building where I also worked. We crossed paths often as he gave a cheery greeting. He received his heavenly reward in 1992 at the age of 99. The painting is close to life size and is a true masterpiece of art. @edsalazarfineart??? #jw #brooklynbethel #edsalazarfineart