- Frank Frantz
Infobox US Territorial Governor
name= Frank Frantz
office= Governor of Oklahoma Territory
territory= Oklahoma Territory
January 5, 1906
November 16, 1907
Thompson Benton Ferguson
birth_date= birth date|1872|5|7|mf=y
death_date= death date and age|1941|3|9|1872|5|7|mf=y
spouse= Matilda Evans Frantz
Rough Rider, Statesman
footnotes= Fnb|1 Governor Frantz's office was dissolved following the adoption of the
Oklahoma Constitution. Frantz was succeed by the Governor of Oklahoma Charles N. Haskell
Frank Frantz (
May 7, 1872– March 9, 1941) was an American Rough Riderand politicianwho served as the seventh and final Governor of Oklahoma Territory. Frantz would run on the Republican ticket to serve as the first Governor of Oklahoma. Frantz would lose the election to Democrat Charles N. Haskell.
May 7, 1872, Frank Frantz was born in Roanoke, Illinois, the son of Henry J. and Maria Frantz. Frantz would be educated in Illinois’s public schools and would spend two years attending Eureka College. Following the opening of the Cherokee Stripon September 16, 1893, Frantz and his brothers moved to Medford in Oklahoma Territory.
Frantz would later work in
Californiaand Arizona Territoryfor an oil company. In 1898, while in Prescott, the capitalof Arizona Territory, the Spanish-American Warbroke out. On May 1, 1898, at the age of 26, Frantz enlisted in the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, which the American press called the Rough Riders. Upon joining the Rough Riders, Frantz would return to Indian Territoryand meet the regiment’s charismatic second-in-command, Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt.
The Rough Riders
After joining the Rough Riders, Frantz was assigned to A Company and given the rank of
First Lieutenant. Traveling to Daiquirí, Cuba, the Rough Riders would engage, on June 24, 1898, in the Battle of Las Guasimas, the first clash between American and Spanish forces. Frantz fought valiantly and his performance caught Roosevelt’s eye.
June 30, Colonel Leonard Wood, the commander of the Rough Riders, was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. Likewise, Lt. Colonel Roosevelt was promoted to Colonel and given command of the Rough Riders. On the following day, the fiercest battle of the Spanish-American War would occur: the Battle of San Juan Hill. Frantz’s skill during the battle would forever gain him Roosevelt’s friendship and trust. In the storming of the Spanish fortifications, the commanding officer of his company was killed. Frantz immediately took over the command and led the company to a successful charge. After the battle concluded, in recognition of Frantz’s service, Roosevelt promoted Frantz to the rank of Captainand commander of A Company of the Rough Riders.
August 12, 1898, an armistice between the United States and Spain ended the Spanish-American War. In the coming months, on December 10, 1898, with the Treaty of Paris, Spain ceded the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Ricoto the United States and would Cuba gained its independence. Captain Frantz would leave military service behind him, but would gain an abiding friendship with Roosevelt.
Return to Oklahoma
Upon the conclusion of his military service, Captain Frantz returned to Oklahoma Territory and settled in Enid. There he would open a hardware and lumber business. While in Enid, Frantz would meet and marry Matilda Evan of
Oklahoma City. Their union would produce five children.
Three years later, Roosevelt was elected Vice President on the Republican ticket to serve under US President
William McKinley. Disaster struck America on September 6, 1901when President McKinley was shot at the Pan-American Exposition. He would die on September 14and Roosevelt would succeed McKinley to the Presidency.
Frantz's wartime association with now President Roosevelt became a life-long friendship. Frantz would, on several occasions, travel to the
White Houseto spend time with the Commander-in-Chief. On his visits to the White House, Frantz, an athlete and a boxer, engaged in several matches with Roosevelt, knocking him out on three occasions.
Immediately, Frantz’s friendship with the new president would be beneficial. Frantz, a fellow Republican, was named the
postmasterof Enid by President Roosevelt before the end of 1901. Frantz would serve in this post for another two years, when Roosevelt appointed him Indian Agent of the Osage Agency at Pawhuska. Roosevelt again demonstrated by friendship with Frantz by elevating him to the governorship of Oklahoma Territory. Frantz assumed the office on January 5and would be inauguratedon January 16, 1906, being the seventh and youngest governor to serve in the territory’s history.
Governor of Oklahoma Territory
Governor Frantz assumed control of the Territory during a time when the citizens of the Territory were seeking statehood. Thus his Governorship immediately became routine. However, Frantz would do many beneficial things for the would-be state.
Governor Frantz made an invaluable contribution to the future of Oklahoma's educational system. Immediately upon coming into office, Frantz discovered that oil companies were drilling on land reserved for public buildings after statehood in Pawnee County without obtaining permission. In response, Frantz crafted a policy requiring those companies to lease the mineral rights to the state.
United States Congresspassage of the Enabling actof 1906, Frantz set his administration into overdrive. Frantz immediately took steps to obtain the remaining amount of land in No Man’s Land, what would be the Panhandleof modern Oklahoma. The Governor’s agents acquired the entire federal domain within the realm of the state. Frantz would lease the land to Oklahoma’s farmers, earning the new state millions in revenue.
After the proposed
Oklahoma Constitutionwas completed in early 1907, Frantz sought, and won, the Republican nomination to serve as Oklahoma’s first Governor. To face Frantz, the Democrats selected Charles N. Haskell, one of the proposed Constitution’s main authors. Frantz would accept Haskell’s challenge to joint public discussions throughout the state, and every problem concerned with the administration of the new state came up and was debated during the campaign.
During the course of the campaign, two nationally prominent figures spoke at various locations: Republican presidential nominee
William Howard Taftand Democratic presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan. Though Taft supported Frantz, Taft’s disapproval of Oklahoma’s proposed constitution and his advice that the people vote against it caused the voters to react in favor of the Democrats. Frantz lost the race to Haskell on September 17, 1907. One the same day, the voters approved the Oklahoma Constitution into law. Soon after, Congress accepted the Constitution and Oklahoma became the 46th State on November 16. Haskell would be inaugurated that day, with Frantz’s term officially coming to an end.
Later Life and Death
After leaving office, Frantz would move to
Denver, Coloradowhere he would remain for six years. In 1915, Frantz would return to Oklahoma to live in Tulsa, becoming the head of the Land Department of the Cosden Oil Company. Frantz would then spend time working in the oil royalty business. In 1940 he was elected a director of the Investors Royalty Company. Frantz would make an unsuccessful attempt to reenter politics, running to serve as the Congressman representing Oklahoma’s First Congressional District in 1932. At the age of 68, overcome with health issues, Frantz would experience his final conscious thoughts on March 8, 1941, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Frantz would be transported to back to Tulsa where, on March 9, 1941, he would die in his own home.
* [http://digital.library.okstate.edu/chronicles/v020/v020p218.html Chronicles of Oklahoma entry]
* [http://www.ok-history.mus.ok.us/enc/Frantz.htm Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History entry]
* [http://geneasearch.com/biography/frantz.htm Frank Frantz]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Frank Frantz — (* 7. Mai 1872 bei Roanoke, Woodford County, Illinois; † 8. März 1941 in Muskogee, Oklahoma) war der letzte Gouverneur des Oklahoma Territoriums vor der Aufnahme Oklahomas als Bundesstaat in die … Deutsch Wikipedia
Frantz — ist ein deutscher Familienname. In manchen Ländern kommt es auch als mehr oder weniger aussprachetreue Variante des deutschen Vornamens Franz vor. Herkunft und Bedeutung Varianten, Herkunft und Bedeutung siehe Franz. Bekannte Namensträger… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Frank Keating — (2001) Francis Anthony „Frank“ Keating (* 10. Februar 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri) ist ein US amerikanischer Politiker der Republikanischen Partei und ehemaliger Gouverneur des … Deutsch Wikipedia
Frank Wilhelm — Frank Wilhelm, né à Echternach (Grand duché de Luxembourg) le 11 Septembre 1947, est docteur ès francophonie de l’Université de Paris IV et professeur de littérature française (XVIIIe siècle, romantisme et comparatisme, francophonie, iconographie … Wikipédia en Français
Frantz Confiac — est un comédien français spécialisé dans le doublage. Sa voix est célèbre pour interpréter beaucoup de personnages, acteurs noirs/afro américains. Doublages Films Anthony Anderson : Nolan dans Big Mama Terry Crews : Hale Caesar dans… … Wikipédia en Français
Frank H. Easterbrook — Infobox Judge name = Frank Hoover Easterbrook imagesize = caption = office = Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit termstart = November 2006 termend = nominator = Ronald Reagan appointer = predecessor = Joel… … Wikipedia
Frantz — This is a name of Roman Latin origins. It derives from Franciscus , which was originally both an ethnic name used to describe a Frank , later to be known as a Frenchman , and a personal name of the 5th century a.d., which means a free man . In… … Surnames reference
Art Frantz — Arthur Frank Frantz (March 1 1921 January 24 2008) was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1969 to 1977. He was crew chief for the 1975 World Series, and also officiated in the American League… … Wikipedia
Jørgen-Frantz Jacobsen — Jørgen Frantz Jacobsen, sur un timbre émis en 1988 par la poste féroïenne … Wikipédia en Français
Johannes CS Frank — (* 12. März 1982 in Marburg an der Lahn, ist ein deutscher Schriftsteller, Verleger und Übersetzer. Leben und Werk Johannes CS Frank ist in Southend on Sea und Kiel aufgewachsen. Nach dem Abitur studierte er Anglistik, Amerikanistik, Gräzistik… … Deutsch Wikipedia