Frank Hereford

For the president of the University of Virginia, see Frank Hereford (University of Virginia). For the Arizona attorney, see Frank H. Hereford.
Frank Hereford
United States Senator
from West Virginia
In office
January 31, 1877  March 4, 1881
Preceded by Samuel Price
Succeeded by Johnson 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 by John Witcher
Succeeded by John E. Kenna
Personal details
Born (1825-07-04)July 4, 1825
Warrenton, Virginia
Died December 21, 1891(1891-12-21) (aged 66)
Union, West Virginia
Political party Democratic

Frank Hereford (July 4, 1825  December 21, 1891) was a United States Representative and Senator from West Virginia. Born near Warrenton, Virginia, he completed preparatory studies and graduated from McKendree University (Lebanon, Illinois) in 1845. He studied law and was admitted to the bar and practiced. He moved to California in 1849 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 4, 1881. As a Senator, he was chairman of the Committee on Mines and Mining (Forty-sixth Congress).

After Congress

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


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John S. Witcher
U.S. Representative of West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District
Succeeded by
John E. Kenna
United States Senate
Preceded by
Samuel Price
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from West Virginia
Served alongside: Henry G. Davis
Succeeded by
Johnson N. Camden
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