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WHITE, Francis Shelley (Frank)

(1847—1922)

Senate Years of Service: 1914-1915
Party: Democrat

WHITE, Francis Shelley (Frank), a Senator from Alabama; born in Prairie, Noxubee County, Miss., March 13, 1847; attended the common schools and was tutored at home; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army as a private; after the close of the war engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1868; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1869 and commenced practice in West Point, Miss.; member, State house of representatives 1875, 1882-1883; moved to Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala., in 1886 and continued the practice of law; elected on May 11, 1914, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Joseph F. Johnston and served from May 11, 1914, to March 3, 1915; was not a candidate for renomination; chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Fifty-third Congress); resumed the practice of his profession until his death in Birmingham, Ala., August 1, 1922; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.


Bibliography

Watson, Elbert L, “Frank Shelley White.” In Alabama United States Senators , pp. 103-4. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1982.

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

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