Franklin William FORT, Congress, NJ (1880-1937)


FORT, Franklin William, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Newark, N.J., March 30, 1880; moved in 1888 with his parents to East Orange, N.J.; attended the public schools and Newark Academy; was graduated from Lawrenceville School in 1897 and from Princeton University in 1901; attended New York Law School 1901-1903; was admitted to the bar in 1903 and commenced practice in Newark; recorder of East Orange, N.J., in 1907 and 1908; during the First World War served as a volunteer on the staff of the United States Food Administrator, Washington, D.C., 1917-1919; engaged in the insurance business in 1919 at Newark, N.J., and was also interested in banking; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth, Seventieth, and Seventy-first Congresses (March 4, 1925-March 3, 1931); was not a candidate for renomination, but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination as United States Senator in 1930; served as secretary of the Republican National Committee 1928-1930; resumed the practice of law; served as chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board from January 1932 to March 1933; died on June 20, 1937, in Rochester, Minn.; interment in Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield, N.J.

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