Biography of Selim M. Franklin
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SELIM M. FRANKLIN was born in San Bernardino, California, October 19th, 1859. He is a son of Maurice A. Franklin, one of the pioneer merchants of California, who came there in 1849 from Liverpool, England. His mother was Miss Victoria Jacobs. Mr. Franklin was educated in California and was graduated from the State University in 1882, then entered the law department of the same institution, from which he was graduated in 1883 and was admitted to the Bar of California the same year. He then came to Tucson and commenced the practice of law. He was elected to the Thirteenth Territorial Legislature, and during the session he was active in behalf of the bill creating the University of Arizona, was instrumental in having the same passed, and served as a member of the Board of Regents for a number of years. In 1886 Mr. Franklin was City Attorney of Tucson and was Assistant United States Attorney for a time. He was also a member of the Capitol Site Commission who selected the site for the present Capitol in Phoenix. Mr. Franklin is the only surviving member of the Pima County representation to the Territorial Convention which nominated Mark Smith for his first term in Congress. He is now practicing law and has been in Tucson since 1883. He is a member of the Masons and Elks, also of the Old Pueblo Club of Tucson. His wife was Miss Henrietta Herring. daughter of the late Colonel William Herring of Tucson, one of the ablest attorneys of Arizona. They have four children, Marjorie, Gladys, Marry Inslee and Selim Herring.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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