William B. Francis

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William Bates Francis
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circa 1914
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 4, 1915
Preceded by David Hollingsworth
Succeeded by Roscoe C. McCulloch
Personal details
Born (1860-10-25)October 25, 1860
Jefferson County, Ohio
Died December 5, 1954(1954-12-05) (aged 94)
Wheeling, West Virginia
Resting place Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Ohio
Political party Democratic

William Bates Francis (October 25, 1860 – December 5, 1954) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born near Updegraff, Ohio, Francis attended the public schools. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1889 and commenced practice in Martins Ferry, Ohio. City solicitor in 1897, 1898, and 1900. He served as member of the board of school examiners of Martins Ferry 1903–1908. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1904. He served as member of the board of education of Martins Ferry 1908–1914.

Francis was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second and Sixty-third Congresses (March 4, 1911 – March 4, 1915). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress. He resumed the practice of his profession. He served as chairman of the Ohio State Civil Service 1931-1935. Supervisor of properties for aid to aged, until his retirement. Resided in Martins Ferry and later in St. Clairsville, Ohio, until his death in Wheeling, West Virginia, December 5, 1954. He was interred in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Ohio.

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