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Francis Franks

Francis Franks
Full Name: Francis Gray Franks
Birth date: 1838
Death date: June 11, 1874

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 13th (1) (2) (4) (6) Legislature
    1/14/1873 - 1/13/1874
    Republican
  • House, 12th (5) Legislature
    2/8/1870 - 1/14/1873
     
(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Apr. 24, 1873 [presented to Governor May 1, 1873 and became law without his signature], 13th Legislature, R.S., ch. 35, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950 1950.
(2) Included on roster of members of the 13th Legislature as a Republican. Directory of the Members of the Thirteenth Legislature of the State of Texas 1873.
(3) 12th Legislature, 1st C.S. - Eligibility to serve challenged by democratic members, 6/6/1870, p. 312; resolution not adopted, 6/11/1870, p. 349. House Journal .
House Journal
(4) 13th Legislature - 1/14/1873, p. 1. S. Evans, F.G. Franks, and R.P. Tendick absent on first day. Senate Journal .
(5) Party affiliation, Radical. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas .
(6) 13th Legislature - Republican, p. 145. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889 1999.

Biographical Notes and Resources

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Other Resources

  • "Trouble in Wharton County," 11/14/1873, p. 3. "Gray Franks, late Senator from that district, had a misunderstanding with Mr. Boffman [sic] — the present Sheriff of Wharton County, and nominee of the Radical party for the Senate in Mr. Frank's place — in which Mr. Boffman received the contents of a double-barrel shot-gun." Galveston Daily News .
  • "Letter from Wharton," 12/14/1873, p. 4. "We had very nearly an event between two prominant Republicans this week." Galveston Daily News .
  • "From Wharton County," 6/14/1874, p. 2. "About 4 o'clock this afternoon [June 11, 1874] L.L. Lacy shot and killed F.G. Franks." Galveston Daily News .
  • Attempted murder of I.N. Baughman and murder of Gray Franks discussed in "Southern Law and Order," 9/25/1876, p. 8. New York Times .
  • Biographical sketch, p. 150. Born 1838 in Mississippi. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889 1999.
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