Frank Henry Cooney (1872 - 1935)

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About Frank Henry Cooney

Frank Henry Cooney (December 31, 1872, – December 15, 1935) was the ninth Governor of Montana from 1933 to 1935.


Cooney was born in Norwood, Ontario, Canada, and received a limited education in Catholic Schools. He dropped out of school at the age of fourteen and worked as a delivery boy in a grocery store and for a short time, he tried working with his father in the nursery business. He married to Emma May Poindexter Cooney on December 27, 1899, and the couple had six children, Francis H, John Phillip, Mary Margaret, Walter Poindexter, and twins, Tyler Thompson and Virginia Elizabeth.


Cooney moved to Butte, Montana in July, 1891, and found employment in a grocery store. He then found a position in the wholesale department of the Davidson Grocery Company.

In 1894, Cooney and his brother, Howard C. Cooney, started the firm of Cooney Brothers. Later it was incorporated under the name of Cooney Brokerage company, a success from the beginning. The company continued to expand with the additions of livestock and agricultural holdings. He was public administrator for Silver Bow County, Montana from 1898-1900.

Elected lieutenant governor in 1932, Cooney served until March 13, 1933, when he assumed the duties of Governor John Edward Erickson, who left office to become a United States Senator. He is credited for reforming the state liquor laws and establishing a water conservation program.


Cooney died, while holding the office of Governor on December 15, 1935, of heart failure. He is interred at Saint Mary Cemetery, Missoula, Missoula Coounty, Montana USA.

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