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Alfred M. Franklin at the Dawn of His Career: Arizona's First Chief Justice Serves as Private Secretary to His Father, Territorial Governor Benjamin J. Franklin, 1896-1897


Anthony Tsontakis


Arizona Legislative Council

October 28, 2012

Anthony Tsontakis, Alfred M. Franklin at the Dawn of His Career, 1896-1897, Journal of Arizona History, Volume 53, Number 3 (Autumn 2012)

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Based on original archival research at the Arizona State Archives, this paper traces Arizona's first Chief Justice at the dawn of his career, 1896-97. During that year, Alfred Franklin simultaneously served as private secretary to the governor and as assistant U.S. Attorney for Arizona. At the tender age of 25, these roles exposed the future Chief Justice to the heavy burdens of statecraft, including responsibility for the executive branch of state, addressing Arizona's legislative assembly, and litigating a capital case before the territorial supreme court that attracted national media attention, caused a diplomatic stir with Denmark, and that was not ultimately resolved until President McKinley himself stepped in.

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Keywords: Arizona History, Statecraft, Territorial History, Alfred Franklin, Arizona statehood

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Date posted: October 28, 2012  

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Tsontakis, Anthony, Alfred M. Franklin at the Dawn of His Career: Arizona's First Chief Justice Serves as Private Secretary to His Father, Territorial Governor Benjamin J. Franklin, 1896-1897 (October 28, 2012). Anthony Tsontakis, Alfred M. Franklin at the Dawn of His Career, 1896-1897, Journal of Arizona History, Volume 53, Number 3 (Autumn 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2167911

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Anthony Tsontakis (Contact Author)
Arizona Legislative Council ( email )
1700 West Washington Street
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ Arizona 85007
United States
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