Daniel Dodge Frisbie


Daniel Dodge Frisbie

Middleburgh, Schoharie County, New York, USA
Death 6 Aug 1931 (aged 71)
Middleburgh, Schoharie County, New York, USA
Burial Middleburgh, Schoharie County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 61515972 View Source

Daniel D. Frisbie was born in 1859 in Middleburgh, NY. He was educated in his hometown, and later at Hartwick Seminary, Cooperstown.

He entered into business with his father, and later his brother. In the 1880s, Frisbie became active in local Democratic Party circles. At about the same time, he purchased two local newspapers and formed two insurance companies. Later, he would go on to serve as president of the local railroad and utility company.

Frisbie was first elected to the New York State Assembly in the late 1890s. In 1901, he was the Democratic candidate for Speaker of the Assembly. Although unsuccessful for that post, he became that party's leader in the Assembly. He served intermittently in the Assembly until 1912.

The Democrats held a majority in the Assembly in 1911, making Frisbie the Speaker. While speaker, he sponsored the establishment of the State School of Agriculture at Cobleskill, New York. Frisbie also played a key role (along with then-State Sen. Franklin D. Roosevelt) in breaking a deadlock with Tammany Hall over the election of a U.S. Senator.

However, Frisbie only held the Speaker post for one year, as Tammany Hall and Democratic Party boss Charles Murphy opted to back rising star Alfred E. Smith. This prompted Frisbie to retire from politics.

Daniel Frisbie married Eleanor Manning in 1882. They had three children: G. Norton, Cornelia, and Daniel M.

Daniel D. Frisbie died on August 6, 1931 at his home in Middleburgh.

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