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Small, Frank Albion (1865-1917) | Maine Maritime Museum Manuscript Collection Online Catalog

Name: Small, Frank Albion (1865-1917)

Historical Note:

Frank Albion Small (1865-1917), the youngest son of Captain Joseph Small, was born on April 17, 1865. His father was a deep-water shipmaster; long in the service of E. & A. Sewall, whose last ship was the Thomas M. Reed of 1877.

<p align="left">             Frank Small grew up on Washington Street in Bath, Maine and was educated in the Bath schools. He graduated in the class of 1884 from the Bath High School. After finishing high school, he mastered the details of the shipping business in the office of James B. Drake, a Bath shipbroker and insurance agent, where he learned the shipping business from the ground up. Six years later he entered the employment of Capt John R. Kelley of Kelley, Spear & Co. By 1893, a twenty-eight year old Frank A. Small had earned a reputation for being thoroughly conversant with the coastwise shipping business, attentive to detail and ambitious.

            By the end of 1893, Captain Samuel Percy and Frank Small had joined partnership to establish the Percy & Small shipyard business. He was the junior member of the firm and had charge of the uptown office and the books.

            Frank Small, a democrat in politics, was elected to the Common Council from his ward and was its presiding officer for the terms of 1897 to 1898. He was elected Mayor of Bath in 1911-12, and later for four years served as a member

<span face="">            On June 21, 1917, Frank A. Small died in Somerville, Massachusetts while visiting Captain Angus McLeod. He was 53 years old.</span>

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