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Franklin Lincoln Codman
 Franklin Lincoln Codman, 1867-

From American Series of Popular Biographies. Massachusetts Edition. This Volume Contains Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston: Graves & Steinbarger, 1891.


FRANKLIN LINCOLN CODMAN, a member of the Boston Board of Aldermen from the Dorchester District, was born in Neponset, Dorchester, Mass., September 9, 1867, a son of Charles Henry Codman. His father, who was born in a dwelling on the site of the present Boston Museum, was a son of John Codman, who later moved to Brook Farm and thence to Neponset. Charles Henry Codman was educated at Brook Farm, and when a young man learned the printer's trade, but subsequently became a dealer in photographic stock and supplies, which business he followed during the rest of his life. He married Abigail French Temple, daughter of William F. Temple, of an old Colonial family; and they were the parents of one child, Franklin L., the subject of this sketch. Mr. Codman was member of the Unitarian church. He took a deep interest in all matters pertaining to the public welfare, but never sought or held public office. He died in 1883, at the age of fifty-four years, much regretted. His widow is still living, and resides in Dorchester.

Franklin L. Codman received his education in the public schools of Boston, graduating from the Latin School in 1886. Subsequently he became a student at Harvard College, where he was graduated with the class of 1890. After leaving college he was engaged for one year with James W. Tufts in the soda fountain business. This connection he gave up to engage with J.B. West in the manufacture of high-grade buffing wheels for the polishing trade; and in 1892 he succeeded to the business, which thereafter till 1899 was carried on under the style of J.B. West & Co. In the year last named the style was changed to F.L. & J.C. Codman, the latter being a cousin of the subject of this sketch.

In 1893 Mr. Codman was elected a member of the Ward Committee, on which he served for six years, when he resigned. In 1895 and 1896 he was member of the Boston Common Council for Ward Twenty-four, and in 1896 he was elected on the Republican ticket to represent the Dorchester District as a member of the Board of Aldermen. He belongs to the Masonic order, being a member of Union Lodge, F.& A.M.;* Dorchester Chapter, R.A.M.;** Boston Commandery, K.T.;*** and Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.**** He is also a member of Neponset Lodge, No. 84, I.O.O.F.;***** Dorchester Chapter, Royal Arcanum; Temple Lodge, A.O.U.W.;****** and Boston Commandery, K. of M.******* He is besides connected with nearly all the social and athletic societies of Dorchester.

Mr. Codman was married December 7, 1892, to Miss Susie Tirrell, a daughter of William Tirrell, of East Boston. He has one child, Dorothy Codman, born January 14, 1894.

*F. & A.M. Free and Accepted Masons.
**R.A.M. Royal Arch Masons.
***K.T. Knights Templar
****A.A.O.N.M.S. Ancient Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine
*****I.O.O.F. Independent Order of the Odd Fellows.
******A.O.U.W. Ancient Order of United Workmen.
*******K. of M.

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