Party affiliation: Republican
William Birrell Franke, American secretary of the navy. Recipient Patriotic Civilian Service commendation United States Army, 1951, Distinguished Service award Department Defense, 1951; Medal of Freedom, 1961. Member Union League Club (New York City), Army and Navy Club (Washington), Rutland Country Club.
President Securities Company. Special assistant to Secretary of Defense, 1951-1952. Assistant secretary for finance management Navy, 1954-1957, under-secretary, 1957-1959, secretary, 1959-1960.
Business consultant, from 1960. Vice chairman board Fram corporation. President, director Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio R.R.
Director Penn-Dixie Cement Corporation, Rutland County Bank, Rutland, Vermont.
1951 - 1952
1954 - 1957
1957 - 1959