Frank B. McClain

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Frank B. McClain
11th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
In office
January 20, 1915 – January 15, 1919
Governor Martin Brumbaugh
Preceded by John Reynolds
Succeeded by Edward Beidleman
Mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania
In office
January 3, 1910 – January 20, 1915
Preceded by John McCaskey
Succeeded by Harry Trout
112th Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
January 1, 1907 – January 5, 1909
Preceded by Henry Walton
Succeeded by John Cox
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the Lancaster County district
In office
January 1, 1895 – January 3, 1910
Personal details
Born April 14, 1864
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Died October 11, 1925(1925-10-11) (aged 61)
Lancaster, Pa
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ellen Bernardine O'Neill/O'Neil
Children 1 (died in infancy)
Profession Cattle Trader

Francis Bernard McClain (April 14, 1864, Lancaster, Pennsylvania– October 11, 1925, Lancaster, Pennsylvania) was the 11th Lieutenant Governor of the state of Pennsylvania from 1915 to 1919.

McClain was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War. He was the son of Francis McClain of Londonderry, Ireland, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His mother was Susan Mulhatton of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He attended parochial schools in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Lancaster High School Class of 1881. He received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Villanova University 1919. He worked as a cattle dealer and was instrumental in the formation of the Lancaster Live-Stock Exchange and was elected the first president. McClain married Ellen Bernardine O'Neill of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, February 14, 1888 (Valentine's Day); they had 1 child, who died in infancy.

1894 McClain was elected as Republican to the state legislature, House of Representatives, for the State of Pennsylvania. Re-elected 1896, 1898, 1900,1902, 1904, 1906, 1908. Vice-president of the Committee on Appropriations, he was also a member of other committees and special committees including, Ways and Means, and Corporations and Railroads. Elected Speaker for the House of Representatives 1907–1909. 1910 elected Republican Mayor (24th) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 1911 re-elected for 4 years term as mayor. He resigned January 6, 1915, to qualify for office of (11th) Lt. Governor for the State of Pennsylvania, which he was then elected to in November 1914.[1]

McClain was a member of several charitable and philanthropic organisations. Some of these were: trustee of Home for Friendless Children, director of Lancaster Historical Society, member of the Union League of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, member of the Young Republican Club, vice-president of the Thaddeus Stevens Industrial School of Lancaster, member of the Moose Lodge, director of the A. Herr-Smith Library of Lancaster, member of the Elks, member of the American Club of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club of Chicago, president for over 20 years of The Terrapin Club of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

McClain died in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, after a long illness, on October 11, 1925, aged 61 years old. He is buried in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was known as "The Red Rose of Lancaster" for the red rose he always wore in his lapel.(KFH)


  1. ^ Mayors of the City of Lancaster, PA Archived August 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 2009-10-25.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Reynolds
Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Edward Beidleman
Preceded by
John McCaskey
Mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Harry Trout
Preceded by
Henry Walton
Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Succeeded by
John Cox
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Reynolds
Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Edward Beidleman