Frank Livingston Ball


Frank Livingston Ball

Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Death 28 Apr 1966 (aged 80)
Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
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Parents: William M & America Ann (Deeble) Ball
Wife: Marie Shreve
Children: Frank Jr, Elizabeth, Virginia, Barbara
Home: Glebe House, 4527 N 17th St, Arlington VA

obit: Frank L Ball Sr, 80, former Virginia state senator and a lawyer for 58 years in Arlington, died yesterday at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital after suffering a heart attack.

Living in a log cabin in Arlington as a youth, Mr Ball went on to earn the reputation as the dean of Northern Virginia lawyers. He started law practice in 1908 after graduating from Western High School in Washington (Arlington had no high schools at that tinme) and the old National University Law School here.

As a state senator from the Northern Virginia area from 1924 to 1932, Mr Ball successfully sponsored the first bond issue for a county-wide water system. He also pushed through legislation for a bond issue on sewerage systems and was author of the bill establishing the present Virginia county court system.

In 1930 Mr Ball ran for Congress but was defeated by Howard W Smith.A delegate to Virginia Consitiutional Conventions in 1946 and 1956, Mr Ball introduced a proposal, which was defeated, to abolish the poll tax.

The first president of the Virginia Bar Association and the Commonwealth's attorney in Northern Virginia from 1915 to 1924, Mr Ball also served as a trial lawyer for many years. With his son, Frank Jr a member of the law firm Ball, McCarthy and Ball, he had, at the time of his death, the longest active law practice in Arlington.

In 1956 and 1957 Mr Ball represented the Arlington school board in it desegregation battles. He was, however, a staunch opponent of any plan to close Virginia's schools and in 1961 co-chaired then Lt Gov A. E. S. Stephens' campaign against the Byrd machine.

Mr Ball was somewhat of a local historian for Northern Virginia. He headed the Arlington Civil War Centennial Commeroration Committee in 1965 and last year published a book called "Mount Olivet Methodist: Arlington's Pioneer Church."

Mr Ball was a member of the board of directors of the Northern Virginia Cerebral Palsy Foundation, the Salvation Army, the First and Citizens National Bank and Marymount College, the Virginia and Arlington Historical Societies, the Virginia and Northern Virginia Methodist Historical Societies and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

A trustee of the Mount Olivet Methodist Church in Arlington, he had taught a Sunday School class of high school students for the last 62 years.
(Washington Post, 30 Apr 1966)

William M Ball & America Ann Deeble
Horatio Ball Sr & Elizabeth Marcey
(Ensign) John Ball & Mary Ann Thrift
Moses Ball & Nancy Ann Brashears
John Ball & Winifred Williams
Richard Ball & Elizabeth Linton of Wiltshire England
William Ball II & Hannah Altherold
William Ball I & Alice Waltham

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