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 Frank Ramsay McNinch

Frank Ramsay McNinch

Birth
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Death 20 Apr 1950 (aged 76)
District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 46159601 · View Source
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Frank Ramsey McNinch was the son of Franklin Alonzo McNinch (1841-1893), a South Carolina native who fought in the Civil War, and Sarah Virginia Ramsay (1842-1898) of Rowan County, in North Carolina.

Frank McNinch attended school in Charlote and Barrier's Military Institute. He graduated from University of North Carolina Law School and set up practice in Charlotte.

In 1904 he won a seat in the NC state legislature, the same year his brother, Samuel Sylvanus McNinch, became mayor of Charlotte.

A few years later Frank McNinch was himself elected mayor of Charlotte and served from 1917-1921.

An ardent Presbyterian, Democrat and supporter of Prohibition, he supported Herbert Hoover for president when the Democratic nominee, Al Smith, promised to repeal it. In 1930 President Hoover appointed McNinch to the Federal Power Commission and he was confirmed by the senate in spite of opposition from North Carolina Democrats.

When Franklin D. Roosevelt became president he appointed McNinch to the Federal Communications Commission, where he served from 1933-1937 and then as the FCC's Chairman from 1937-1939 resigning due to declining health. He subsequently served as Special Assistant to the Attorney General from 1939-1946, when he retired from public service.

Frank McNinch first married Mary Groome on June 21, 1905. She died in 1915 and in 1917 he married Huldah Groome, sister of his deceased wife.


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  • Created by: Jane M. Howard
  • Added: 30 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46159601
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frank Ramsay McNinch (27 Apr 1873–20 Apr 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46159601, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Jane M. Howard (contributor 46805219) .