William B. Francis

William Bates Francis ( * October 25, 1860 at Updegraff, Jefferson County, Ohio; † December 5, 1954 in Wheeling, West Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1911 and 1915 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Francis attended the public schools of his home. After a subsequent law studies and his 1889 was admitted to a lawyer, he began in Martins Ferry to work in this profession. In the years 1897, 1898, and 1900 he was the legal representative of the city. From 1903 to 1908 he was one of the local school inspection on (Board of School Examiners ); 1908 to 1914 he sat in the Education Committee of Martins Ferry. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In July 1904 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in St. Louis in part, on the Alton B. Parker was nominated as a presidential candidate.

In the congressional elections of 1910 Francis in the 16th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC was chosen, where he became the successor of Republican David Hollingsworth on March 4, 1911. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1915 two legislative sessions. During this time, the 16th and the 17th Amendment to the Constitution were ratified. It was about the nationwide introduction of the income tax and the direct election of U.S. senators.

In 1914 Francis was not re-elected. After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced as a lawyer again. Between 1931 and 1935 he headed the authority Ohio State Civil Service. He was also Head of the elderly ( Supervisor of properties for aid to aged). He lived in Martins Ferry, and later in St. Clairsville. William Francis died on 5 December 1954 in Wheeling Virginia and was buried in Mount Pleasant.