Early Franchising in America
Franchising has roots in the middle ages and has been a part of the American economy since colonial times. In 2007, Franchising World published an article questioning whether Founding Father Benjamin Franklin was a "Father of Franchising". While there is evidence of franchising before Franklin, he may have been one of the first Americans to conduct a franchising business. Also a discoverer of the powers of electricity and ocean currents, Franklin was truly ahead of his times.