Franck R. Havenner

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Franck Roberts Havenner (September 30, 1882 in Sherwood, Maryland – July 24, 1967 in San Francisco, California) was a six-term United States Representative from California's 4th congressional district beginning in 1936. He is a graduate from Columbian College (now George Washington University). Havenner, originally a Republican, served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for twelve years. In 1935, he ran for president of the Board of Supervisors and won. As supervisor he fought to fulfill the Raker Act of 1913 and bring public power to the City and County of San Francisco, but he was not successful.

In 1936 he ran a winning race for Congress as the candidate of the California Progressive Party, defeating Republican Florence Kahn. In this initial race, he received the nomination of the Progressive and Democratic parties. At the time, candidates could cross-file in all parties. Besides winning the Progressive nomination, he received 47.0% in a 4-way race to win the Democratic nomination. In addition he had 21.9% of the vote in the Republican nomination.[1] Havenner served two terms in Congress. In 1939 he reregistered as a Democrat. In that year he also ran a losing race for mayor against Angelo Rossi. He was defeated for reelection to Congress in 1940, but regained his old seat in 1944, when he served on the House Armed Services Committee. In 1952 he was defeated by Republican William S. Mailliard. Thereafter, he retired from politics, working for the American Federation of Labor.

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  1. ^ Statement of Vote at Primary Election held on August 25, 1936 in State of California, Compiled by Frank C. Jordan Secretary of State(

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Florence Prag Kahn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 4th congressional district

1937–1941
Succeeded by
Thomas Rolph
Preceded by
Thomas Rolph
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 4th congressional district

1945–1953
Succeeded by
William S. Mailliard