Francis E. Dorn

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Francis E. Dorn
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th district
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1961
Preceded byJohn J. Rooney
Succeeded byHugh L. Carey
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Kings County, 10th district
In office
January 1, 1941 – December 31, 1942
Preceded byWilliam C. McCreery
Succeeded byWalter E. Cooke
Personal details
Born(1911-04-08)April 8, 1911
Brooklyn, New York
DiedSeptember 17, 1987(1987-09-17) (aged 76)
New York City, New York
Resting placeGreen-Wood Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Alma materFordham University
Fordham University School of Law
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
United States Navy Reserve
Years of service1942-1946
RankUS Navy O5 insignia.svg Commander
Battles/warsWorld War II

Francis Edwin Dorn (April 8, 1911 – September 17, 1987) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.


He was born on April 8, 1911, in Brooklyn. He attended St. Augustine and Bishop Loughlin Memorial High Schools. Dorn graduated from Fordham University in 1932, and Fordham University School of Law in 1935. He also studied at NYU Wagner School of Public Service in 1936. Dorn was admitted to the bar that year and began his practice in Brooklyn.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Kings Co., 10th D.) in 1941 and 1942. He resigned his seat on April 1, 1942, and enlisted in the United States Navy.[1] Dorn served four years overseas during World War II and was discharged in 1946 as a lieutenant commander of the Naval Reserve. He was later promoted to commander.

He was elected as a Republican to the 83rd United States Congress, holding office from January 3, 1953, to January 3, 1961. He advocated adding the phrase "under God" into the formerly nonsectarian Pledge of Allegiance in 1954. He was defeated for re-election in 1960 by his neighbor, future New York Governor Hugh Carey, and thereafter continued in business as owner of his F.E.D. Concrete Company until his death.

Dorn died on September 17, 1987, in New York City; and was buried at the Green-Wood Cemetery.

Dorn's Park Slope mansion was purchased by actor Paul Bettany and his wife actress Jennifer Connelly.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ DORN LEAVES ASSEMBLY in the New York Times on April 2, 1942 (subscription required)

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Francis E. Dorn (id: D000433)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Francis E. Dorn at Find a Grave
New York Assembly
Preceded by
William C. McCreery
New York State Assembly
Kings County, 10th District

Succeeded by
Walter E. Cooke
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John J. Rooney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th congressional district

Succeeded by
Hugh L. Carey