Member Biography

Franklin Howell Agnew 


J. F. Richard, History of Beaver County (New York: A. Warner & Co., Publishers, 1888).

Sessions Office Position District Party
1883-1884       46 Republican
1885-1886       46 Republican

COUNTIES: Beaver, Washington  


04/06/1842 - 06/17/1937

Private Franklin Howell “Frank” Agnew (R46) Beaver and Washington Counties 1883-1886   

Early Life: 

Private Franklin Howell “Frank” Agnew, born April 6, 1842, Beaver County, Pennsylvania; son of Daniel and Elizabeth Moore Agnew; Beaver Academy; Jefferson College, 1862; Private, Company A, 22nd Regiment, Civil War, 1862; teacher, Beaver Academy, taught in Washington County, Iron City Commercial College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; principal, Beaver Academy, 1864-1865; joined, United States Coast Survey, 1865-1870; studied law, admitted, Beaver County bar, attorney, law partnership 1872-1887; elected Pennsylvania State Senate, 1883-1886; married, Nancy Kidd Lauck Agnew, (d.1932) moved, Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia, surgeon, Virginia State Penitentiary; married, Blanche M. Lauck Agnew, 1935; died, June 17, 1937 (aged 95) Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California; interment, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia. 

Early Career:

Private, Company A, 22nd Regiment, Civil War, 1862; Studied law in his father’s office, admitted, Beaver County bar, law partnership, John M. Buchanan, 1872-1887. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 46th district, Beaver and Washington Counties, 1883-1886; committee assignments, Constitutional Reform; Judiciary Local, New Counties and County Seats, Pension and Gratuities, Public Printing and Retrenchment and Reform (Chairman). 


Father, Daniel Agnew, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1873-1879. 

Married, Nancy Kidd Lauck Agnew, (d.1932), married, Nancy’s sister, Blanche M. Lauck Agnew, 1935. 


Cox, Harold. Senate Members "A" ( Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1885). Smull, W.P., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 844, 849-851, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 807.

The Richmond News Leader (Richmond, Virginia) Saturday June 19, 1937, Page 18.

Franklin Howell Agnew (1842-1937) - Find a Grave Memorial