Black, Frank S(wett) (b Limington, Maine, 8 Mar 1853; d Troy, Rensselaer Co, 22 Mar 1913). Governor.
After graduating from Dartmouth in 1875, Black became editor of the Johnstown Journal (Fulton Co) but moved to Troy within a year, where he was admitted to the bar in 1879 and soon entered private practice. In 1893 he became chair of the Rensselaer Co Republican Committee, which he unified and solidified, and he also handled the receiverships of Troy Steel and Iron Co and Gilbert Car Co. In 1894 he was elected to Congress; after serving one term he was nominated for governor in 1896 and won by a large majority. As governor, he advocated a sensible civil service code and backed a bill giving appointing officers greater prerogatives. He also approved (1897) New York City charter legislation.
His party chose Theodore Roosevelt for the 1898 gubernatorial nomination, and Black returned to private life, practicing law in New York City.
Kathryn T. Sheehan
Peter Eisenstadt, ed., The Encyclopedia of New York State
(Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2005), [p. 183].
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