Frank Truscott

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Frank Truscott
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
In office
October 13, 1953 – January 18, 1955
Governor John Fine
Preceded by Robert Woodside
Succeeded by Herbert Cohen
Personal details
Born October 2, 1894
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Died December 1969 (aged 76)
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican

Frank F Truscott (October 2, 1894 – December 1969) was a former Attorney General of Pennsylvania and candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. He was born to a wealthy horse breading family and long considered himself to be a gentleman farmer.[1][dead link] He graduated with a law degree from Lafayette College in 1917. He was the longtime City Solicitor of Philadelphia and a key fixture in the last days of the city's dying Republican machine; he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1940.[2] In 1953, he was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Attorney General's office; he did not run for a full term, but instead sought the position of Lieutenant Governor in 1954. From 1953 to 1969 he was a trustee of his alma mater, Lafayette College.[3]

Truscott was an outspoken opponent of Communism. He was involved in the circulation of a McCarthyist loyalty oath while serving as Attorney General. In 1956, he was a prosecutor on the case against communist organizer Steve Nelson.


  1. ^ . Newton Square Historical Society Retrieved 2 June 2018.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Independence National Historical Park Advisory Commission". Retrieved 2 June 2018. 
  3. ^ Gendebien, Albert W. (1986). The Biography of a College: A History of Lafayette College 1927 - 1978. Easton, PA: Lafayette College. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert Woodside
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Herbert Cohen
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lloyd Wood
Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
John Walker