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DODDS, FRANCIS HENRY. Francis Henry Dodds, of Mt. Pleasant, Isabella county, Michigan, was born in St. Lawrence county, State of New York, on the 9th day of June, 1858. His early education was received in the district schools and in the village school of Shepherd, Michigan, to which place his parents removed, in the year 1866. At the age of sixteen years he began teaching school, in which profession he continued for the period of four years; first, in the district schools of Isabella county, next in the village schools of Mr. Pleasant, and finally, as principal of the village schools at Farewell, in Clare county.

In 1878 he commenced reading law in the office of Edmund Hall, at Detroit, and in the fall of the same year entered the Law Department of the University of Michigan, and graduated therefrom in the spring of 1850, at which time he was elected president of the Law Alumni of that institution for the then ensuing year. Continuing his literary studies at Olivet College, Michigan, he graduated from that institution in 1882.

Entering into partnership with his brother—now Judge Peter F. Dodds—at Mt. Pleasant, he pursued the practice of law there until 1884, when he removed to Bay City, where he continued in practice until 1887, at which time he returned to Mt. Pleasant, and again formed a partnership with his brother, and this business relation was kept up until the election of his brother to the bench of 1893. Mr. Dodds has continued in the business of his profession, at Mt. Pleasant, since then, has built up a large practice, and is considered one of the leading lawyers in that part of the State.

In 1892 he was married to Miss Hattie A. Cole, daughter of Oscar M. Cole, at Alpena, Michigan.

Mr. Dodds is a Royal Arch Mason, an Odd-fellow and a member of the Knights of Pythias. He has always been strongly identified with the Republican party, and is at present chairman of the Republican County Committee of his county. He is prominently mentioned as a candidate for congregational honors from the Eleventh Congressional District, the present year.

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Michigan, Men of Progress. Family Tree Legends Records Collection (Online Database). Pearl Street Software, 2004-2005. Men of Progress: Biographical Sketches of Representative Michigan Men. Evening News Association, Detroit, 1900. Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910, Library of Congress.