Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
ELLSWORTH, Franklin Fowler (1879-1942)

ELLSWORTH, FRANKLIN FOWLER, a Representative from Minnesota; born in St. James, Watonwan County, Minn., July 10, 1879; attended the grade and high schools; enlisted as a private in Company H, Twelfth Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, during the Spanish-American War; attended the law department of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis; was admitted to the bar in 1901 and commenced practice in St. James, Minn.; city attorney of St. James in 1904 and 1905; prosecuting attorney of Watonwan County 1905-1909; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth, Sixty-fifth, and Sixty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1921); was not a candidate for renomination in 1920, having become a gubernatorial candidate; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Minnesota in 1920 and 1924; moved to Minneapolis, Minn., in 1921 and resumed the practice of his profession; died in Minneapolis, Minn., December 23, 1942; interment in Lakewood Cemetery.

Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: 1897-1943. 25 items.
Miscellaneous letters, speeches, campaign literature, and biographical data. Finding aid in repository.

Scrapbooks: 1904-1940, 11 volumes.
The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings relating to the career of Franklin F. Ellsworth.

  • Ellsworth, Franklin F. The band-wagon: A political novel of Middle-America. Philadelphia: Dorrance, 1921.