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Frank West Rollins
47th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
January 5, 1899 – January 3, 1901
Preceded byGeorge A. Ramsdell
Succeeded byChester B. Jordan
President of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
1895–1897
Preceded byJohn McLane
Succeeded byChester B. Jordan
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
Personal details
Born(1860-02-24)February 24, 1860
Concord, New Hampshire
DiedOctober 27, 1915(1915-10-27) (aged 55)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Katherine W. Pecker
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvard Law School
ProfessionAttorney
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Frank West Rollins (February 24, 1860 – October 27, 1915) was an American lawyer, banker, and Republican politician from Concord, New Hampshire. His father, Edward H. Rollins, had represented New Hampshire in the United States Senate. Frank served New Hampshire in the state's Senate (as its president in 1895) and as governor. Rollins and others founded the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests in 1901, a private organization to protect the forests now known as the "Forest Society." A shelter was built in his honor at Lost River in Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire in 1912, and remains there. As Governor of New Hampshire, he invented and founded "Old Home Week" intended to remind New Hampshiremen to return to their hometowns. This was in response to the large numbers of people moving to the Midwest (Minnesota in particular) because of the slow economy in the northeast at the time. He and his father started the investment banking firm of E.H. Rollins and Sons, which became one of the largest in the country by the crash of 1929. After the crash, it was very diminished and finally closed in the 1940s. New research shows that Rollins and Senator John Weeks collaborated on the founding of the National Forest Act of 1911, signed by the President William Howard Taft.

Frank W. Rollins died at the Hotel Somerset in Boston on October 27, 1915.[1]

Rollins' 1890 mansion, the Gov. Frank West Rollins House on North State Street in Concord, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

References

  1. ^ "Ex-Gov Rollins of N.H. Dead". The Boston Globe. October 28, 1915. pp. 1, 2. Retrieved January 7, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
Party political offices Preceded byGeorge A. Ramsdell Republican nominee for Governor of New Hampshire1898 Succeeded byChester B. Jordan Political offices Preceded byGeorge A. Ramsdell Governor of New Hampshire1899–1901 Succeeded byChester B. Jordan Preceded byJohn McLane President of the New Hampshire Senate1895–1896 Succeeded byChester B. Jordan