Frank Hiscock

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Frank Hiscock
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United States Senator
from New York
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 4, 1893
Preceded by Warner Miller
Succeeded by Edward Murphy, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1887
Preceded by Elias W. Leavenworth
Succeeded by James J. Belden
Personal details
Born (1834-09-06)September 6, 1834
Pompey, New York
Died June 18, 1914(1914-06-18) (aged 79)
Syracuse, New York
Political party Republican
Relations L. Harris Hiscock (brother)
Frank H. Hiscock, nephew
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Frank Hiscock (September 6, 1834 – June 18, 1914) was a U.S. Representative and Senator from New York.

Early life[edit]

Frank Hiscock

Hiscock was born in Pompey, Onondaga County, New York, September 6, 1834. He graduated from Pompey Academy and studied law with his brother L. Harris Hiscock. He was admitted to the bar in 1855 and commenced practice in Tully, Onondaga County, New York. L. Harris Hiscock and Frank Hiscock were founders of the Syracuse firm currently known as Hiscock & Barclay.


In addition to practicing law, Hiscock became involved in politics, initially as an anti-slavery Democrat, and then as a member of the Free Soil Party. Hiscock became a Republican when the party was founded in the 1850s, and served as district attorney of Onondaga County from 1860 to 1863. He was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1867, elected to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his brother. In 1872 Hiscock supported Liberal Republican nominee Horace Greeley for President, and in 1876 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

He was elected as a to the Forty-fifth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1877, until his resignation on March 3, 1887, at the close of the Forty-ninth Congress, having been elected Senator. He was chairman of the Committee on Appropriations (Forty-seventh Congress).

In January, 1887 Hiscock was elected to the United States Senate by the New York State Legislature, defeating incumbent Warner Miller and Levi P. Morton in the Republican caucus and Democrat Smith M. Weed in the vote of the full legislature. Hiscock served from March 4, 1887, to March 3, 1893, and was chairman of the Committee on Organization, Conduct, and Expenditures of Executive Departments (Fifty-first and Fifty-second Congresses).

Hiscock was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection. After leaving the Senate, he resumed the practice of law in Syracuse.

Death and burial[edit]

He died in Syracuse on June 18, 1914 of apoplexy.[1] He was interred in Oakwood Cemetery.


In 1859 Hiscock married Cornelia King (1837-1908), and their children included sons Albert King Hiscock (1861-1908) and Fidelio King Hiscock (1869-1917).[2] Frank Hiscock and his wife also raised their nephew Frank H. Hiscock following the death of his father L. Harris Hiscock.


  1. ^ "Ex-Senator Hiscock Dies In 80th Year.". New York Times. June 19, 1914. 
  2. ^ "Frank Hiscock Dies at Syracuse Home". Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY). June 18, 1914. p. 3. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elias W. Leavenworth
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district

March 4, 1877 – March 4, 1887
Succeeded by
James J. Belden
United States Senate
Preceded by
Warner Miller
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from New York
March 4, 1887 – March 4, 1893
Served alongside: William M. Evarts, David B. Hill
Succeeded by
Edward Murphy, Jr.