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Francis Franks Francis Franks
Full Name: Francis Gray Franks
Date of birth: 1838
Date of death: June 11, 1874

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 13 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th (1) (2) (3) (4)   Republican Wharton / Wharton   Austin, Fort Bend, Wharton
H 13 Feb 8, 1870 - Jan 14, 1873 12th (6)   Radical Republican Wharton / Wharton   Austin, Fort Bend, Wharton
(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) Republican. Directory of the Members of the Thirteenth Legislature of the State of Texas, 1873.
(3) 13th Legislature - 1/14/1873, p. 1. S. Evans, F.G. Franks, and R.P. Tendick absent on first day. Senate Journal.
(4) 13th Legislature - Republican, p. 145. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(5) 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
(6) Party affiliation, Radical. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, p. 150. Born 1838 in Mississippi. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Other Resources
  • "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.
  • "Letter from Wharton," 12/14/1873, p. 4. "We had very nearly an event between two prominant Republicans this week." Galveston Daily News.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Francis Franks, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. Francis Franks, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 13th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Pictorial Monogram of the State Government of Texas 1873 (DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection). DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection..
  • Committee Informationtop
    13th R.S. - 1873
    Comptroller's and Treasurer's Accounts  
    Federal Relations  
    Judge T.C. Barden, 16th Judicial Court  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Land Office  
    Retrenchment and Reform  
    12th Adjourned - 1871
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Comptroller and Treasurer's Offices, Select  
    Comptroller, Impeachment of  
    Judiciary (Chair) 
    12th R.S. - 1871
    Judiciary  
    Privileges and Elections (Chair) 
    Rules  
    Town and City Corporations  
    12th 1st C.S. - 1870
    Elections and Privileges (Chair) 
    Judiciary  
    Public Debt  
    Town and City Corporations  
    12th Provisional - 1870
    Contested House Seats  
    Privileges and Elections (Chair) 
     

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