Franklin D. Hale

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From 1894's Men of Vermont, by Jacob G. Ullery

Franklin D. Hale (March 7, 1854 – April 21, 1940) was a Vermont politician who served as State Auditor and want on to a career as a diplomat.


Franklin Darius Hale was born in Barnet, Vermont March 7, 1854. He was educated in Concord, Vermont and attended high school, first in Northfield, and then at St. Johnsbury Academy.[1]

In 1877 Hale graduated from the law program at the University of Michigan and became an attorney, first in Lewiston, Maine, and then in Lunenburg.[2]

A Republican, Hale served as Essex County State's Attorney from 1883 to 1889. He served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1884 to 1885, in the Vermont Senate from 1886 to 1887, and in the Vermont House again from 1898 to 1901.[3][4]

From 1891 to 1892 Hale was town site trustee for Oklahoma City in the Oklahoma Territory. Town site trustees were appointees of the Secretary of the Interior, and were responsible to subdivide federally held land into townships as new white settlers moved into the territory.[5]

Hale served as Vermont's Auditor of Accounts from 1892 to 1898.[6][7]

From 1899 to 1900 Hale was Chief Clerk to the Treasurer of Cuba.[8]

In the early 1900s Hale passed the exam to join the diplomatic corps and embarked on a consular career. He served as U.S. Consul in Coaticook, Quebec, Canada from 1902 to 1908. He served in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada from 1908 to 1909.[9][10][11][12]

Hale was appointed Consul in Trinidad in 1909 and served until 1912.[13]

From 1912 to 1917 Hale was Consul in Huddersfield, England.[14]

Hale was also a poet, and authored 1929's Reveries of Vermont.[15][16]

Hale died in Lyndon Center, Vermont on April 21, 1940.[17][18]


  1. ^ Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, compiled by Jacob G. Ullery, 1894, page 173
  2. ^ Michigan Alumnus, published by University of Michigan Alumni Association, Volume 13, Number 1, 1906, page 170
  3. ^ Successful Vermonters: A Modern Gazetteer of Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties, by William H. Jeffrey, 1904, pages 86 to 88
  4. ^ Who's Who in New England, published by A.N. Marquis & Company, Chicago, 1916, page 495
  5. ^ Vermont Legislative Directory, published by Vermont Secretary of State, 1892, page 305
  6. ^ Magazine article, The Government of Vermont published in the Vermonter magazine, Volume 4, Number 4 (November, 1898, page 55
  7. ^ Early History of Vermont, by Lafayette Wilbur, Volume 3, page 381
  8. ^ Who's Who in the world, 1912, edited by H.L. Motter, published by the International Who's Who Publishing Company, New York, 1912, page 559
  9. ^ The Biographic Register, published by U.S. Department of State, July, 1908, page 64
  10. ^ Newspaper article, Canada May Prohibit Wood Pulp Exportation, Detroit Free Press, November 8, 1907
  11. ^ Newspaper article, Many Consuls Shifted, Baltimore Sun, May 27, 1909
  12. ^ Newspaper article, Canada Likes American Settlers, Detroit Free Press, June 20, 1909
  13. ^ Register of the Department of State, published by U.S. Department of State, 1917, page 96
  14. ^ Who's Who in New York City and State, published by L.R. Hamersly Co., New York, Volume 8, 1924, page 554
  15. ^ The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, published by J.T. White & Co., New York, 1963, Volume 46, page 475
  16. ^ Foreign Service Journal, published by American Foreign Service Association, Washington, D.C., 1931, Volume 8, page 225
  17. ^ Vermont Death Records, 1909-2008, entry for Franklin D. Hale
  18. ^ Newspaper article, Ex-U.S. Consul Dies, by Associated Press, published in Oakland Tribune, April 22, 1940
Political offices
Preceded by
E. Henry Powell
Vermont Auditor of Accounts
Succeeded by
Orion M. Barber