Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Francis Petrott (1896-1951)
MSA SC 3520-13444


Born in New York City, April 6, 1896.  Attended private and public schools of New York and Connecticut; Georgetown University, 1914-17, graduated 1921; Princeton University, School of Military Aeronautics, graduated 1921; Yale University Graduate School, 1921-25.  Married Mary Catherine James of Frederick, Maryland, September 11, 1921; one daughter, Doris Ann. Died January 11, 1951, in Frederick, Maryland. Buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, Maryland.

Served in U.S. Army, 1917-21; U.S. Officer Reserve Corp after 1921; promoted to Brigadier General during World War II.  Engaged in the private practice of law, Frederick, Maryland.  Acting adjutant general and acting chief of staff, staff of Governor Harry W. Nice, 1935.  Appointed Maryland secretary of state, 1939-41 by Governor Herbert R. O'Conor.  Adjutant general, 1941-45.  Member, Frederick County Bar Association.  Attorney for the Maryland Industrial Finance Company; Frederick County Beer Dealers' Association.  Commander of the Francis Scott Key Post American Legion.  Commander of Washington and Lee Chapter, Disabled American Veterans of the World War.  President, Frederick Kiwanis Club.  Exalted Ruler of Frederick Lodge No. 684, B. P. O. Elks.  First vice president of the State Elks Association.  President, Catoctin Country Club.  Member, Executive Committee, Frederick Cotillion Club.

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