Frank Henry Cooney
Frank Henry Cooney
|9th Governor of Montana|
March 13, 1933 – December 15, 1935
Ernest T. Eaton
|Preceded by||John E. Erickson|
|Succeeded by||Elmer Holt|
|11th Lieutenant Governor of Montana|
January 5, 1933 – March 13, 1933
|Governor||John E. Erickson|
|Preceded by||Frank A. Hazelbaker|
|Succeeded by||Tom Kane|
|Born||December 31, 1872|
Norwood, Ontario, Canada
|Died||December 15, 1935 (aged 62)|
Great Falls, Montana, U.S.
Cooney was born in Norwood, Ontario, Canada, and received a limited education in Catholic Schools. He dropped out of school at the age of fourteen and worked as a delivery boy in a grocery store and for a short time, he tried working with his father in the nursery business. He married to Emma May Poindexter Cooney on December 27, 1899, and the couple had six children, Francis H, John Phillip, Mary Margaret, Walter Poindexter, and twins, Tyler Thompson and Virginia Elizabeth.
Cooney moved to Butte, Montana in July, 1891, and found employment in a grocery store. He then found a position in the wholesale department of the Davidson Grocery Company.
In 1894, Cooney and his brother, Howard C. Cooney, started the firm of Cooney Brothers. Later it was incorporated under the name of Cooney Brokerage company, a success from the beginning. The company continued to expand with the additions of livestock and agricultural holdings. He was public administrator for Silver Bow County, Montana from 1898-1900.
Elected lieutenant governor in 1932, Cooney served until March 13, 1933, when he assumed the duties of Governor John Edward Erickson, who resigned so that Cooney could appoint him to Thomas J. Walsh's senate seat after Walsh's untimely death. Cooney is credited for reforming the state liquor laws and establishing a water conservation program.
Cooney died, while holding the office of Governor on December 15, 1935, of heart failure and was succeeded by Lieutenant Governor Elmer Holt. He is interred at Saint Mary Cemetery in Missoula. His grandson Mike Cooney was the 36th Lieutenant Governor of Montana.
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