William H. Frankhauser

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William Horace Frankhauser (March 5, 1863 – May 9, 1921) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Frankhauser was born in Wood County, Ohio and moved with his parents to Monroe, Michigan, in 1875. He attended the public schools, Michigan State Normal School (now Eastern Michigan University at Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. He was a school teacher for several years, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1891. He commenced practice in Hillsdale, Michigan and became city attorney and prosecutor of Hillsdale County, 1896-1903.

Frankhauser was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 3rd congressional district to the 67th United States Congress, and served from March 4, 1921, until his death. He was in poor health and was unable to attend any sessions of congress. On May 9, 1921, while at a Sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan, Frankhauser committed suicide by cutting his throat with a razor blade.[1]

John M. C. Smith was elected June 28, 1921, in a special election to fill the vacancy.

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  • United States Congress. "William H. Frankhauser (id: F000341)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • William H. Frankhauser at The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John M. C. Smith
United States Representative for the 3rd Congressional District of Michigan
March 4, 1921 – May 9, 1921
Succeeded by
John M. C. Smith