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Louis Frankee

Louis Frankee
Full Name: Louis Frankee
Other surnames: Francke, Franke
Birth date: June 28, 1818
Death date: February 19, 1873

Terms of Service

  • House, 13th (1) Legislature
    1/14/1873 - 2/19/1873
(1) Frankee was murdered and robbed in front of the Capitol 2/19/1873. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • Funeral ceremony of Louis Frankee performed in the House of Representative where his body lay in state. Funeral procession started at Capitol and proceeded down Congress Avenue to Pecan Street. . ., pp. 253-254. House Journal .
  • 13th Legislature, R.S., House Journal, 2/20/1873, pp. 250-251. Resolutions - Memorial .
  • 13th Legislature, R.S., Senate Journal, 2/20/1873, pp. 188-189. Resolutions - Memorial .


Other Resources

  • Burial in Franke Family Cemetery, O'Quinn, Fayette County. Find a Grave .
  • "Telegraphic from Austin. Special to the News. A Most Brutal Murder. Member of Legislature Assassinated," 2/21/1873, p. 2. Description of murder of Louis Frankee who was headed to "land office where the committee on immigration, of which he was chairman, were to meet." After found at the foot of the capitol steps, "In answer to questions who he was, the man replied: 'My name is Louis Frankee; am a member of the house of representatives, and a member of the committee struck me on the head with a stick.'" Galveston Daily News .
  • "Bold and Terrible Murder," 2/21/1873, p. 2. Galveston Tri-Weekly Civilian .
  • FRANKE, LOUIS (1818-1873). Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Biography, Ludwig Carl Ferdinand Francke, birth date 6/28/1818. "On October 25, 1847, Louis Francke joined the Texas Ranger Force and took part in campaigns against the Indians and in the Mexican war." Franke, Gertrude, The Inheritance, NorTex Press, 1987, pp. 31-158. The Inheritance 1987.
  • Biographical sketch, Hon. Louis Franke (deceased). "During a session of the Legislative body, just after Mr. Franke had received his pay and was walking down the steps of the old Capitol building, he was assassinated by some persons unknown, it is supposed for his money." Fayette County, TXGenWeb Project .

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