Francis M. Griffith

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Francis Griffith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th district
In office
December 6, 1897 – March 3, 1905
Preceded byWilliam S. Holman
Succeeded byLincoln Dixon
Personal details
Born(1849-08-21)August 21, 1849
Moorefield, Indiana, U.S.
DiedFebruary 8, 1927(1927-02-08) (aged 77)
Vevay, Indiana, U.S
Political partyDemocratic
EducationFranklin College

Francis Marion Griffith (August 21, 1849 – February 8, 1927) was an American educator and politician who served four terms as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1897 to 1905.


Born in Moorefield, Indiana, Griffith attended the country schools of the county, the high school in Vevay, Indiana, and Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana. He taught school. He was appointed school superintendent of Switzerland County in 1873. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1875 and commenced practice in Vevay. County treasurer 1875-1877. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1880. He served as member of the State senate 1886-1894 and served as Acting Lieutenant Governor 1891-1894. He was an unsuccessful candidate for attorney general of Indiana in 1894.


Griffith was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William S. Holman. He was reelected to the Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, and Fifty-eighth Congresses and served from December 6, 1897, to March 3, 1905.[1] He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1904.

Later career and death

He resumed the practice of law in Vevay, Indiana. City attorney 1912-1916. He served as judge of the circuit court of the fifth judicial district 1916-1922. He again engaged in the practice of his profession.

He died in Vevay, Indiana, February 8, 1927. He was interred in Vevay Cemetery.


  1. ^ "S. Doc. 58-1 - Fifty-eighth Congress. (Extraordinary session -- beginning November 9, 1903.) Official Congressional Directory for the use of the United States Congress. Compiled under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing by A.J. Halford. Special edition. Corrections made to November 5, 1903". U.S. Government Printing Office. 9 November 1903. p. 28. Retrieved 2 July 2023.

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Political offices
Preceded by Acting Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
Succeeded by
Mortimer Nye
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th congressional district

December 6, 1897 - March 3, 1905
Succeeded by