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Frank Obadiah Briggs (August 12, 1851 – May 8, 1913) was the Mayor of Trenton, New Jersey from 1899 to 1902. He was a United States Senator from New Jersey from 1907 to 1913.

Frank Obadiah Briggs
Mayor of Trenton, New Jersey
In office
Preceded byFrank Snowden Katzenbach, Jr.
Succeeded byWelling G. Sickel
New Jersey State Treasurer
In office
GovernorFranklin Murphy
Edward C. Stokes
Preceded byGeorge B. Swain
Succeeded byDaniel Spader Voorhees
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byJohn F. Dryden
Succeeded byWilliam Hughes
Personal details
Born(1851-08-12)August 12, 1851
Concord, New Hampshire
DiedMay 8, 1913(1913-05-08) (aged 61)
Trenton, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican
ParentsJames Frankland Briggs


He was born on August 12, 1851 in Concord, New Hampshire to James Frankland Briggs.[1]

He attended the public schools, Francestown Academy, and Phillips Exeter Academy. He was graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1872 and served in the Second Regiment, United States Infantry, as second lieutenant until 1877, when he resigned from the Army.[1]

In 1877, he moved to Trenton, New Jersey and engaged in the manufacture of wire and wire products; he was a member of the Trenton School Board from 1884 to 1892 and was Mayor of Trenton, New Jersey from 1899 to 1902. In 1901 and 1902, he was a member of the New Jersey State Board of Education, and was New Jersey State Treasurer from 1902 to 1907.[1]

Briggs was Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee from 1904 to 1907[2][3] and again from 1910 to until his death in 1913.[1][4] He was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate, serving from March 4, 1907, to March 3, 1913; he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection.

While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Geological Survey (Sixty-first Congress) and a member of the Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expense (Sixty-second Congress). He resumed his former business pursuits in Trenton, where he died in 1913, aged 61.[1] He was buried in Riverview Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Ex-Senator Briggs Dead in Trenton". New York Times. May 19, 1913. Retrieved 2011-10-27. was Chairman of the Republican State Committee until his death.
  2. ^ "A Business Man for New Jersey Senator". The New York Times, February 17, 1907. Accessed March 30, 2008. "In 1902, Gov. Voorhees named Mr. Briggs for State Treasurer. ... Two years later Mr. Briggs became Chairman of the Republican State Committee, and in 1905 was again chosen State Treasurer."
  3. ^ "Stokes To Stump For Fort; Ex-Gov. Murphy to Succeed Senator Briggs as State Chairman in Jersey". The New York Times, September 24, 1907. Accessed March 30, 2008.
  4. ^ "Briggs To Be Chairman; He Is Lewis's Choice to Succeed Franklin Murphy.". The New York Times, September 27, 1910. Accessed March 30, 2008.

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