Frank Hereford

Frank Hereford (July 4, 1825 – December 21, 1891) was a United States Representative and Senator from West Virginia.

Frank Hereford
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United States Senator
from West Virginia
In office
January 31, 1877 – March 3, 1881
Preceded bySamuel Price
Succeeded byJohnson N. Camden
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1871 – January 31, 1877
Preceded byJohn Witcher
Succeeded byJohn E. Kenna
Personal details
Born(1825-07-04)July 4, 1825
Warrenton, Virginia
DiedDecember 21, 1891(1891-12-21) (aged 66)
Union, West Virginia
Political partyDemocratic

Early and family lifeEdit

Born near Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia, he completed preparatory studies and graduated from McKendree University (Lebanon, Illinois) in 1845.


Hereford studied law and was admitted to the Virginia bar and practiced. He moved to California in 1849 during the California Gold Rush and was district attorney of Sacramento County from 1855 to 1857.


He moved to West Virginia and was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second, Forty-third, and Forty-fourth Congresses and served from March 4, 1871, until January 31, 1877, when he resigned. As a Representative, he was chairman of the Committee on Commerce (Forty-fourth Congress).

Hereford was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate on January 26, 1877, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Allen Taylor Caperton, but didn't qualify until he resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives. He served from January 31, 1877, to March 3, 1881. As a Senator, he was chairman of the Committee on Mines and Mining (Forty-sixth Congress).

After CongressEdit

He resumed the practice of law and died in Union, West Virginia in 1891. Interment was in Green Hill Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Frank Hereford (id: H000527)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by U.S. Representative of West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 1) from West Virginia
Served alongside: Henry G. Davis
Succeeded by