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Frank Henry Cooney

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Frank Henry Cooney
9th Governor of Montana
In office
March 13, 1933 – December 15, 1935
LieutenantTom Kane
Ernest T. Eaton
Elmer Holt
Preceded byJohn E. Erickson
Succeeded byElmer Holt
11th Lieutenant Governor of Montana
In office
January 5, 1933 – March 13, 1933
GovernorJohn E. Erickson
Preceded byFrank A. Hazelbaker
Succeeded byTom Kane
Personal details
Born(1872-12-31)December 31, 1872
Norwood, Ontario, Canada
DiedDecember 15, 1935(1935-12-15) (aged 62)
Great Falls, Montana, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
RelationsMike Cooney (grandson)

Frank Henry Cooney (December 31, 1872 – December 15, 1935) was a Canadian-American politician and businessman who served as the ninth governor of Montana from 1933 to 1935.[1]

Early life


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.



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.[2] He was public administrator for Silver Bow County, Montana from 1898 to 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.

Personal life


He married 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.[3]

Cooney died of heart failure on December 15, 1935, and was succeeded by Lieutenant Governor Elmer Holt.[4] He is interred at Saint Mary Cemetery in Missoula. His grandson, Mike Cooney, is a politician who served as the 36th lieutenant governor of Montana.[5]

See also



  1. ^ "Former State Governors". www.netstate.com. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "Frank H. Cooney". National Governors Association. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Frank H. Cooney". Silver Bow Genealogy Trails. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Frank H. Cooney". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Mike Cooney chosen as Montana's next lieutenant governor". 30 December 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank A. Hazelbacker
Lieutenant Governor of Montana
Succeeded by
Tom Kane
Preceded by Governor of Montana
Succeeded by