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Frank Obadiah BRIGGS

(1851-1913)
Senate Years of Service:
1907-1913
Party:
Republican

BRIGGS, Frank Obadiah, (son of James Frankland Briggs), a Senator from New Jersey; born in Concord, N.H., August 12, 1851; attended the public schools, Francestown (N.H.) Academy, and Phillips Academy, Exeter, N.H.; graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1872; served in the Second Regiment, United States Infantry, as second lieutenant until 1877, when he resigned from the Army; moved to Trenton, N.J., in 1877 and engaged in the manufacture of wire and wire products; member of the Trenton School Board 1884-1892; mayor of Trenton 1899-1902; member of the State board of education 1901-1902; State treasurer 1902-1907; chairman of the Republican State committee 1904-1911; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1907, to March 3, 1913; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Geological Survey (Sixty-first Congress), Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expense (Sixty-second Congress); resumed his former business pursuits in Trenton, N.J., where he died May 8, 1913; interment in Riverview Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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