FRANKLIN, John Rankin, (1820 - 1878)


FRANKLIN, John Rankin, a Representative from Maryland; born near Berlin, Worcester County, Md., May 6, 1820; pursued classical studies, and was graduated from Jefferson College in 1836; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1841 and commenced practice in Snow Hill, Md.; member of the State house of delegates 1840-1843, and served as speaker one term; president of the State board of public works in 1851; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); again a member of the State house of delegates in 1859; judge of the first judicial circuit of Maryland from 1867 until his death in Snow Hill, Worcester County, Md., January 11, 1878; interment in the churchyard of Makemie Memorial Presbyterian Church.