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frank briggsFifth Governor

  • Residence: Mandan, Morton County
  • Years Served: 1897-1898
  • Date of Inauguration: January 6, 1897
  • Age at Inauguration: 38
  • Politics: Republican
  • Born: Hennepin County, Minnesota - September 15, 1858
  • Died: Bismarck, North Dakota - August 9, 1898

Political Background:

  • 1885-1887: Treasurer of Morton County
  • 1894: North Dakota State Auditor
  • 1897-1898: Governor of North Dakota
North Dakota Governor's Mansion
Governor Briggs's body lying in state at the North Dakota
governor's mansion, August 1898.

Born and educated in Minnesota, Frank A. Briggs worked as a printer and newspaperman before coming to North Dakota in 1881. He worked in real estate for a while at Mandan. After serving as Morton County treasurer and North Dakota state auditor, he was elected governor in 1896. During Briggs's administration, a general railway law was passed that regulated the transportation of passengers and freight. Also, a general revenue law was passed. Many of its provisions had been suggested by Briggs. The citizens of North Dakota were stunned when Briggs became the first state governor to die in office. His death was caused by tuberculosis. Briggs's term of office was completed by Lieutenant Governor Joseph M. Devine.

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