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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's At-large district
March 4, 1913 – March 4, 1915
|Preceded by||William H. Heald|
|Succeeded by||Thomas W. Miller|
August 6, 1865|
New Castle County, Delaware
|Died||March 16, 1942
|Alma mater||Washington and Lee University|
Franklin Brockson, (August 6, 1865 – March 16, 1942) was an American lawyer and politician from Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party, who served in the Delaware General Assembly and as U. S. Representative from Delaware.
Early life and family
Brockson was born in Blackbird Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware. He graduated from the Wilmington Conference Academy at Dover in 1890.
Professional and political career
Brockson began his career as a teacher and principal in the public schools at Port Penn and Marshallton, Delaware. He studied the law and graduated from the law department of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia in 1896, when he was admitted to the Bar, and commenced practice in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1908 Brockson was elected to the State House for the 1909/10 session.
Brockson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1912. During this term, he served in the Democratic majority in the 63rd Congress. Seeking reelection in 1914, he lost to Republican Thomas W. Miller, a lawyer from Wilmington, and son of the incumbent Governor Charles R. Miller. Brockson served from March 4, 1913 until March 3, 1915, during the administration of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. He then resumed the practice of law in Clayton and Wilmington.
Death and legacy
Brockson died at Clayton and is buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Smyrna, Delaware.
Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. Members of the General Assembly take office the second Tuesday of January. State Representatives have a two-year term. U.S. Representatives took office March 4 and also have a two-year term.
|Office||Type||Location||Began office||Ended office||notes|
|State Representative||Legislature||Dover||January 14, 1909||January 11, 1911|
|U.S. Representative||Legislature||Washington||March 4, 1913||March 3, 1915|
|United States Congressional service|
|1913–1915||63rd||U.S. House||Democratic||Woodrow Wilson.||at-large|
|1912||U.S. Representative||Franklin Brockson||Democratic||22,485||47%||George Hall
Hiram R. Burton
Louis A. Drexler
|1914||U.S. Representative||Franklin Brockson||Democratic||20,681||45%||Thomas W. Miller||Republican||22,922||50%|
- Martin, Roger A. (1995). Memoirs of the Senate. Newark, Delaware: Roger A. Martin.
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Delaware's Members of Congress
- Find a Grave
- The Political Graveyard
Places with more information
- Delaware Historical Society; website; 505 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801; (302) 655-7161
- University of Delaware; Library website; 181 South College Avenue, Newark, Delaware 19717; (302) 831-2965
- Newark Free Library; 750 Library Ave., Newark, Delaware; (302) 731-7550