Franklin Cannon

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Franklin Cannon
5th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
In office
November 21, 1836 – November 16, 1840
Governor Lilburn Boggs
Preceded by Lilburn Boggs
Succeeded by Meredith M. Marmaduke
Member of the Missouri Senate
In office
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
Personal details
Born (1794-03-12)March 12, 1794
North Carolina
Died June 13, 1863(1863-06-13) (aged 69)
Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
Political party Democratic
Profession Physician, farmer

Franklin Cannon (March 12, 1794 – June 13, 1863)[1] was an American politician from the state of Missouri. A Democrat, he served as the state's 5th Lieutenant Governor. Cannon was the son-in-law of Missouri's 3rd Governor, Daniel Dunklin.[2]


Franklin Cannon came to Missouri Territory in 1819 from North Carolina and established a medical practice in the area that would later become Jackson, Missouri.[3] He earned a reputation as an excellent physician during a cholera outbreak that killed hundreds in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri in 1832 & 1833. After serving in the Missouri House of Representatives, Cannon was elected to the state senate in 1832.[4]

On March 15, 1835,[5] despite her being twenty-two years his junior,[6] Cannon was wed to Mary W. Dunklin, daughter of Missouri Governor Daniel Dunklin. In 1836 Doctor Cannon defeated Whig candidate James Jones 57.6% to 42.1% to become Lieutenant Governor.[7] After serving one term in office Cannon returned to Jackson and resumed his life as a physician and prosperous plantation owner. His son would become a physician as well and the two constructed a large building in Jackson for use in their joint practice.[5] In 1845, he served as a delegate to the failed Missouri Constitutional Convention.[8] Franklin Cannon died June 13, 1863. He is buried in Jackson Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.


  1. ^ "Candidate details-Franklin Cannon". 24 November 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Franklin Cannon". October 28, 2001. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Houck, Lewis, A History of Missouri from the Earliest Explorations... Vol. 3, R.R. Donnelley & Sons, Chicago, 1908. pg.82
  4. ^ "Kinder to be first lt. governor from Cape County in 150 years.". The Southeast Missourian newspaper via website. 12 November 2004. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b K.H.J. Cochran,January is anniversary of historic battle,Cape Girardeau Bulletin-Journal, 4 January 1979. P.2
  6. ^ "Mary W. Duklin Cannon". 21 May 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "1836 Mo. Lt. Governors election". 16 December 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Cape Girardeau Co. politicians". Political 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Lilburn Boggs
Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Succeeded by
Meredith M. Marmaduke