Frank W. Wozencraft

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Frank W. Wozencraft
Mayor of Dallas, Texas
In office
1919–1921
Preceded by Joe E. Lawther
Succeeded by Sawnie R. Aldredge
Personal details
Born (1892-06-07)June 7, 1892
Dallas, Texas
Died September 3, 1966(1966-09-03) (aged 74)
Dallas, Texas
Resting place Greenwood Cemetery
Nationality  USA
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Mary Victoria McReynolds
Children John M. Wozencraft and Frank M. Wozencraft
Alma mater University of Texas
Awards Legion of Merit, Order of the British Empire
Military service
Service/branch Co B, 144th Infantry, 36th Div.,U. S. Army (WWI); American-British Combined Communications Board of the Combined Chiefs of Staff (WWII)
Years of service 1917–1919, 1942–1946
Rank Capt (WWI), Col (WWII)

Frank Wilson Wozencraft (June 7, 1892 – September 3, 1966), attorney and civic leader, was mayor of Dallas from 1917 to 1919.

Biography[edit]

Frank Wilson Wozencraft was born on June 7, 1892 in Dallas, Texas to Gen. Alfred Prior Wozencraft and Victoria Lee Wilson. His father had been attorney general of Texas. He married Mary Victoria McReynolds, daughter of Dr. John Oliver McReynolds and Katherine Seay on June 21, 1922 in Dallas, Texas. They had two sons.

He graduated from North Dallas High School; received his B.A. and L.L.D. degrees from the University of Texas where he became a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. His first position was in his father's law office. He worked as an attorney for Southwestern Telephone and Telegraph. At the outbreak of World War I, he organized the Dallas Greys. He transferred to Company B, 144th Infantry, 36th Division.

At age 26, Frank Wozencraft was the youngest individual elected Mayor of Dallas, defeating the incumbent mayor who was running for re-election.

After refusing re-nomination as mayor, he practiced law with the firm of Leake, Henry, Wozencraft & Frank in Dallas. In 1931 he joined Radio Corporation of America in New York City as the corporation's legal counsel. He resigned to serve in World War II first as Lt. Colonel and later Colonel with American-British Combined Communications Board of the Combined Chiefs of Staff.[1]

After the war, he returned to Dallas where he was a partner with former FCC commissioner Norman S. Case in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Case & Wozencraft[2] and later with Leake, Henry, Golden, Burrow and Potts. He was a 32nd degree Freemason, Knight Templar, Shriner and a Rotarian. He was active with the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the local, state and American bar associations.[3]

Frank Wozencraft died September 3, 1966, in Dallas, Texas and was interred at the Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who Was Who in America. Vol. 4 (1961-1966), p. 1035.
  2. ^ "Case, After 11 Years on FCC, Becomes Partner in Law Firm". Broadcasting and Broadcast Advertising. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 29 (1): 18. July 2, 1945. 
  3. ^ Joan Jenkins Perez, "WOZENCRAFT, FRANK WILSON," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwo33), accessed December 13, 2010.
  4. ^ Texas State Board of Health. Bureau of Vital Statistics. Standard Certificate of Death. Frank W. Wozencraft. No. 6382
  5. ^ "Dallas' Boy Mayor of 20s Dies at 74." The Dallas Morning News. September 4, 1966, p. 18A.