Thomas E. Franklin (lawyer)

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Thomas E. Franklin
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26th Attorney General of Pennsylvania
In office
April 28, 1851 – January 21, 1852
Preceded by Cornelius Darragh
Succeeded by James Campbell
29th Attorney General of Pennsylvania
In office
January 17, 1855 – January 19, 1858
Preceded by Francis W. Hughes
Succeeded by John C. Knox
Personal details
Born April 20, 1810
Died November 28, 1884
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s) Serena A. Mayer
Children 11
Alma mater Yale College
Profession Attorney

Thomas Emlen Franklin (April 20, 1810–November 28, 1884) was a distinguished Pennsylvania lawyer, and served two terms as state attorney general.

Personal life and career[edit]

Franklin was born in Philadelphia, the son of Walter Franklin and Anne Emlen. His father at the time was serving as state attorney general, and upon his father's appointment to a judgeship in 1811, the family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Franklin graduated from Yale College in 1828, and was admitted to the bar in 1831, opening an office in Lancaster, where he resided for the rest of his life.

In 1837, he married Serena A. Mayer. They had 11 children. Two sons became lawyers, and two daughters married lawyers.[1]

Franklin was twice appointed attorney general for the state. He was a delegate to U. S. presidential nomination conventions three times (1844, Henry Clay; 1848, Zachary Taylor; 1864, Abraham Lincoln). He declined all offers to be further involved in politics.

In local business, he was a founding director for the Lancaster, Portsmouth, and Harrisburg Railroad Company (later part of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company), a director of the Farmers' National Bank, and president of the Lancaster Fire Insurance Company.

Franklin was active in Episcopalian Church affairs, and in his later years served as chancellor of the diocese for central Pennsylvania.


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Legal offices
Preceded by
Cornelius Darragh
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
James Campbell
Preceded by
Francis W. Hughes
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
John C. Knox