Frank S. Giles

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Frank S. Giles
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Massachusetts Public Safety Commissioner
In office
July 20, 1961 – September 28, 1965
Preceded by J. Henry Goguen
Succeeded by Leo L. Laughlin
Minority Leader of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
1957–1961
Preceded by Charles Gibbons
Succeeded by Sidney Curtiss
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
5th Essex District
In office
1947–1961
Personal details
Born June 15, 1915
Methuen, Massachusetts
Died March 2, 1991 (aged 75)
Burlington, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Residence Methuen, Massachusetts
Alma mater McIntosh College [1]
Profession Theatre and concessions [1]

Frank S. Giles Jr. (born June 15, 1915 in Methuen, Massachusetts[1] – died March 2, 1991 in Burlington, Massachusetts[2] ) was a politician who was a Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts Public Safety Commissioner.

Business career[edit]

Giles was a Theatre manager, and the proprietor of the Merrimack Concession Co.[3]

Government service[edit]

Giles was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 5th Essex District from 1947 to 1961.[1][3] He was named House Minority Leader in 1957.[4] Giles was also a Methuen town meeting member for 22 years and a member of the Methuen school committee for six years, five as chairman.[1] In 1960, Giles ran for Governor of Massachusetts, he lost the convention nomination to John A. Volpe and did not run in the primary. Giles was appointed Massachusetts Public Safety Commissioner by Volpe on July 20, 1961.[2][5]

Indictment and resignation[edit]

On March 26, 1964, Giles was indicted on charges of conspiracy, larceny, aiding and abetting in making false reports, and conflict of interest.[6] As a result, on March 30, 1964, Giles was suspended from his job as Massachusetts Public Safety Commissioner.[7] Robert McDonald was appointed acting commissioner on April 16, 1964 by Governor Endicott Peabody. On December 23, 1964, Peabody chose Richard Caples to succeed McDonald as Acting Public Safety Commissioner.[8] Giles was found guilty of perjury on February 18, 1965.[9] He resigned as Commissioner on September 27, 1965. His resignation was accepted by the Governor on September 28, 1965. As Giles suspension was terminated by his resignation, Caples temporary appointment also ended, and Leo L. Laughlin was appointed by Governor John A. Volpe to fill the vacancy that was created by Giles' resignation.[7] Giles conviction was set aside on June 22, 1967.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Irving N. Haden and Lawrence R. Grove (1959). 1959-1960 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  2. ^ a b "FRANK GILES, 75, FORMER LEGISLATOR AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSIONER". Boston Herald. March 5, 1991. 
  3. ^ a b Hayden, Irving N. (1949), Public Officials of Massachusetts (1949-1950), Boston, MA: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, p. 179. 
  4. ^ "HOLMES WILL HEAD BAY STATE SENATE". The New York Times. January 3, 1957. 
  5. ^ Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court 350 Mass. 638 (1966), RICHARD R. CAPLES vs. SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH & another., Boston, Ma.: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, p. 639. 
  6. ^ "Head of Massachusetts Police Is Indicted in Plot". Boston Globe. 
  7. ^ a b Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court 350 Mass. 638 (1966), RICHARD R. CAPLES vs. SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH & another., Boston, Ma.: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, p. 640. 
  8. ^ "Laughlin Rules State Police as Caples Loses First Court Test". The Boston Globe. October 1, 1965. 
  9. ^ "POLICE HEAD FOUND GUILTY OF PERJURY". Chicago Tribune. Feb 18, 1965. 
  10. ^ "Ex-Massachusetts Aide Cleared in Perjury Case". New York Times. June 23, 1967.