J. Frank Aldrich

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J. Frank Aldrich

James Franklin Aldrich (April 6, 1853 – March 8, 1933) was a United States Representative from Illinois.

Biography[edit]

He was born on April 6, 1853 in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. He moved with his parents to Chicago, Illinois in April 1861 where he attended the public schools. Later, he attended Chicago University and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York in 1877. He engaged in the manufacture of linseed oil and later engaged in the gas business.

Aldrich was a member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners from 1886 to 1888, serving as president in 1887. He was also a member of the county board of education in 1887 and commissioner of public works of Chicago from May 1, 1891 to January 1, 1893. Aldrich was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1897) and served as chairman, Committee on Accounts (Fifty-fourth Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1896.

After leaving Congress, Aldrich was appointed Consul General at Havana, Cuba in 1897, but did not reach his post to serve owing to the sinking of the battleship Maine and to the war with Spain which followed. He was the receiver of national banks, and railroad appraiser, from 1898 until 1923. He died on March 8, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois at age 79. He was buried in Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.

Family[edit]

He was married to singer Mariska Aldrich.

References[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Abner Taylor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 1st congressional district

1893-1897
Succeeded by
James Robert Mann