Frank Billings KELLOGG, Congress, MN (1856-1937)

Senate Years of Service:

KELLOGG, Frank Billings, a Senator from Minnesota; born in Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, N.Y., December 22, 1856; in 1865 moved with his parents to Minnesota; attended the public and rural schools; worked on the farm until 1875 and then studied law in Rochester, Minn.; admitted to the bar in 1877 and commenced practice in Rochester, Minn.; city attorney of Rochester 1878-1881; county attorney for Olmsted County 1882-1887; moved to St. Paul, Minn., in 1887 and resumed the practice of law; member of the Republican National Committee 1904-1912; special counsel for the Government to prosecute antitrust suits; president of the American Bar Association in 1912 and 1913; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1917, to March 3, 1923; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922; chairman, Committee on National Banks (Sixty-sixth Congress); delegate to the Fifth International Conference of American States, Santiago, Chile, 1923; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Great Britain 1923-1925, when he resigned; Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President Calvin Coolidge 1925-1929; coauthor of the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact signed in 1928; resumed the practice of law in St. Paul, Minn.; associate judge of the Permanent Court for International Justice 1930-1935; awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 1929; died in St. Paul, Minn., December 21, 1937; interment in the Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea in Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.


Dictionary of American Biography; Bryn-Jones, David. Frank B. Kellogg, A Biography. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1937; Kellog, Frank B. Frank B. Kellog Papers. Edited by Deborah Kahn Neubeck. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, 1977-1978. Microfilm: 54 reels and guide.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present