- Category : 1872-births
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Small (9,53,57,60)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Service 3
German photographer who was one of the initiators of the founding of FC Bayern Munich (a major German soccer club) and its first president from 1900 to 1903.
When on 27 February 1900 the steering committee of MTV prohibited the football division of its club to join the association of South German football clubs (SFV), eleven football players left the club under the lead of Franz John. In the restaurant Gisela on that evening at 11:15 PM  they founded the Munich Football Club Bayern and elected Franz John for president. John also founded the council of Bavarian referees.
He died on 17 November 1952 in Pankow; he had no descendants. Journalist Joachim Rechenberg later traced his lost grave to Fürstenwalde. When in 2000 the FC Bayern celebrated its 100th anniversary, the club recreated the grave and donated a new tombstone to commemorate the merits of Franz John.