Richard "Dick" Frankensteen (born in Detroit on March 6, 1907; died 1977) was the first president of the Automotive Industrial Workers Association.
He attended Central High School, playing in the all-city and all-state high school football teams and earned the All-American honors in his senior year at University of Dayton.
Beginning at age 15, he worked summers at Chrysler's Dodge plant for more than six years. After an intended career of teaching and high school football coaching in Ohio was crushed by the Depression, he returned home to Detroit to work full-time at Dodge, and studied law at night at the University of Detroit. He rose to the bargaining council of the company union at the Dodge plant, and later became leader of the movement that reorganized it into an independent union.
Frankensteen married Grace Callahan and they had three children: Carol Lee Vitale, Marilyn St. Cyr Fekety, and Richard T. Frankensteen, Jr. (Rick).