Franklin Brockson

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Franklin Brockson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1913 – March 4, 1915
Preceded by William H. Heald
Succeeded by Thomas W. Miller
Personal details
Born (1865-08-06)August 6, 1865
New Castle County, Delaware
Died March 16, 1942(1942-03-16) (aged 76)
Clayton, Delaware
Political party Democratic
Residence Clayton, Delaware
Alma mater Washington and Lee University
Occupation lawyer

Franklin Brockson, (August 6, 1865 – March 16, 1942) was an American lawyer and politician from Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party, who served in the Delaware General Assembly and as U. S. Representative from Delaware.

Early life and family[edit]

Brockson was born in Blackbird Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware. He graduated from the Wilmington Conference Academy at Dover in 1890.

Professional and political career[edit]

Brockson began his career as a teacher and principal in the public schools at Port Penn and Marshallton, Delaware. He studied the law and graduated from the law department of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia in 1896, when he was admitted to the Bar, and commenced practice in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1908 Brockson was elected to the State House for the 1909/10 session.

Brockson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1912. During this term, he served in the Democratic majority in the 63rd Congress. He was a supporter during that time of corporal punishment.[1] Seeking reelection in 1914, he lost to Republican Thomas W. Miller, a lawyer from Wilmington, and son of the incumbent Governor Charles R. Miller. Brockson served from March 4, 1913 until March 3, 1915, during the administration of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. He then resumed the practice of law in Clayton and Wilmington.

Death and legacy[edit]

Brockson died at Clayton on March 16, 1942 and is buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Smyrna, Delaware.


Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. Members of the General Assembly take office the second Tuesday of January. State Representatives have a two-year term. U.S. Representatives took office March 4 and also have a two-year term.

Public Offices
Office Type Location Began office Ended office notes
State Representative Legislature Dover January 14, 1909 January 11, 1911
U.S. Representative Legislature Washington March 4, 1913 March 3, 1915
United States Congressional service
Dates Congress Chamber Majority President Committees Class/District
1913–1915 63rd U.S. House Democratic Woodrow Wilson. at-large
Election results
Year Office Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1912 U.S. Representative Franklin Brockson Democratic 22,485 47% George Hall
Hiram R. Burton
Louis A. Drexler
1914 U.S. Representative Franklin Brockson Democratic 20,681 45% Thomas W. Miller Republican 22,922 50%


  • Martin, Roger A. (1995). Memoirs of the Senate. Newark, Delaware: Roger A. Martin. 
  1. ^ Brockson, Franklin. "Corporal punishment in the state of Delaware". Retrieved 30 August 2017.  External link in |website= (help)

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William H. Heald
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas W. Miller