Franklin J. Dickman

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Franklin Joseph Dickman
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Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
November 11, 1886 – February 9, 1895
Appointed by Joseph B. Foraker
Preceded by William Wartenbee Johnson
Succeeded by John Allen Shauck
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Cuyahoga County district
In office
January 6, 1862 – January 3, 1864
Serving with Charles H. Babcock
Seneca O. Griswold
Preceded by Richard C. Parsons
C. T. Blakeslee
Succeeded by Charles H. Babcock
Azariah H. Everett
Charles B. Lockwood
Personal details
Born (1828-08-28)August 28, 1828
Petersburg, Virginia
Died February 12, 1908(1908-02-12) (aged 79)
Cleveland, Ohio
Resting place Lake View Cemetery
Political party Republican, Democratic
Spouse(s) Anna Eliza Neil
Children four
Alma mater Brown University

Franklin J. Dickman (August 28, 1828 – February 12, 1908) was a Republican politician in the U.S. State of Ohio who was in the Ohio House of Representatives and was an Ohio Supreme Court Judge 1886–1895.

Franklin Dickman was a native of Petersburg, Virginia, born August 28, 1828.[1] At age sixteen he entered Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, from which he graduated. Studied law under Charles S. Bradley, and opened an office in Providence.[2] He was a candidate for Rhode Island Attorney General as a Democrat in 1857, but lost in the General Election. In 1858, appointed a member of the Board of Visitors of the United States Military Academy, and selected secretary. He authored the widely circulated report of the board.[2] In 1858, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and became a Republican during the American Civil War.[3]

In 1861, Dickman represented Cuyahoga County in the Ohio House of Representatives in the 55th General Assembly, (1862–1863),[4] as a Democrat.[5] Married Anna Eliza Neil of Columbus December 24, 1862,[1] who had four children.[5] At the end of his term he formed a partnership with Rufus P. Spalding, which continued until 1875.[1]

In 1867, President Johnson appointed Dickman as United States District Attorney for the Northern district of Ohio, and he resigned in 1869.[5][6] In 1883 he was appointed on the Supreme Court Commission of Ohio for two years.[3] In 1886, Governor Foraker appointed him to a vacancy on the Ohio Supreme Court.[3] In 1887, he defeated Democrat Virgil P. Kline for the remainder of the term,[7] and he won a full five-year term in 1889 over Democrat Martin Dewey Follett.[8] At the 1894 State Republican Convention, Dickman lost out to John Allen Shauck for the nomination.[9] He died February 12, 1908 at Cleveland.[10] He is buried in Lake View Cemetery[5]


  1. ^ a b c Reed, p. 146.
  2. ^ a b Cleave, p. 72.
  3. ^ a b c Smith, p. 545.
  4. ^ Ohio 1917, p. 282.
  5. ^ a b c d "Franklin Joseph Dickman". The Supreme Court of Ohio & The Ohio Judicial System. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio". Sixth Circuit. Archived from the original on 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  7. ^ Smith, p. 541.
  8. ^ Smith, p. 579.
  9. ^ Smith, p. 653.
  10. ^ "Franklin Dickman Dead" (PDF). New York Times. February 13, 1908. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 


Legal offices
Preceded by
Sherlock J. Andrews
United States Attorney for Northern District of Ohio
Succeeded by
George Willey