Louis Franke

Full Name: Louis Franke
Other surnames: Francke, Frankee
Date of birth: June 28, 1818
Date of death: February 19, 1873

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 26 Jan 14, 1873 - Feb 19, 1873 13th (1)   Democrat Ledbetter / Fayette   Bastrop, Fayette

(1) Frankee was murdered and robbed in front of the Capitol 2/19/1873. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • Funeral ceremony of Louis Frankee performed in the House of Representative where his body lay in state. Funeral procession started at Capitol and proceeded down Congress Avenue to Pecan Street . . . , pp. 253-254. House Journal.
  • 88th Legislature, R.S., HR 890. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • 13th Legislature, R.S., House Journal, 2/20/1873, pp. 250-251. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • 13th Legislature, R.S., Senate Journal, 2/20/1873, pp. 188-189. Resolutions - Memorial.

Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • Burial in Franke Family Cemetery, O'Quinn, Fayette County. Find a Grave.
  • "Telegraphic from Austin. Special to the News. A Most Brutal Murder. Member of Legislature Assassinated," 2/21/1873, p. 2. Description of murder of Louis Frankee who was headed to "land office where the committee on immigration, of which he was chairman, were to meet." After found at the foot of the capitol steps, "In answer to questions who he was, the man replied: 'My name is Louis Frankee; am a member of the house of representatives, and a member of the committee struck me on the head with a stick.'" Galveston Daily News.
  • "Bold and Terrible Murder," 2/21/1873, p. 2. Galveston Tri-Weekly Civilian.
  • Biography, Ludwig Carl Ferdinand Francke, birth date 6/28/1818. "On October 25, 1847, Louis Francke joined the Texas Ranger Force and took part in campaigns against the Indians and in the Mexican war." Franke, Gertrude, The Inheritance, NorTex Press, 1987, pp. 31-158. The Inheritance, 1987.


  • Photograph. Louis Frankee, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. Louis Frankee, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

13th R.S. - 1873
Agriculture and Stock Raising  
Immigration (Chair) 
Public Lands and Land Office  

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