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Franklin Wills HANCOCK, Jr.

(1894-1969)

HANCOCK, Franklin Wills, Jr., a Representative from North Carolina; born in Oxford, Granville County, N.C., November 1, 1894; attended the public schools, Horner Military Academy, Oxford, N.C., and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1916 and commenced practice in Oxford, N.C.; also interested in insurance and real estate; during the First World War attended officers’ training camp at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.; chairman of the Granville County Democratic Executive committee in 1924; served in the State senate 1926-1928; member of the State house of representatives 1928-1930; trustee of the Colored Orphanage of North Carolina at Oxford 1920-1937; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1940; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles M. Stedman and on the same day was elected to the Seventy-second Congress; reelected to the Seventy-third, Seventy-fourth, and Seventy-fifth Congresses and served from November 4, 1930, to January 3, 1939; did not seek renomination, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator in 1938; member of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board from January 4, 1939, to April 24, 1942; appointed special representative of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and served until June 1943; administrator of the Farm Security Administration from November 1943 to November 1945; president of the Commodity Credit Corporation from December 1944 to August 1945; resumed the general practice of law at Oxford, N.C.; elected judge of Granville County Recorder’s Court, 1950 and 1952; died in Oxford, N.C., January 23, 1969; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.

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

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