Frances Cleveland Axtell Edit Profile
Bachelor of Philosophy, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, A.M., 1892.
From Sterling Illinois, Cleveland's father was a farmer and stock-raiser. Running on the Republican ticket, Axtell was elected to the 54th District of the Washington House of Representatives representing Bellingham in 1912. She was an advocate for a minimum-wage, the banning of child labor, workers’ compensation, and pensions for the elderly, disabled, and widows.
She also helped change aspects of criminal law, especially violent assault. She nearly became a U.S. Senator in 1916 losing by about three thousand votes. On January 5, 1917, President Wilson appointed her to the Federal Employees' Compensation Commission.
Frances Axtell died on May 27, 1953 in Seattle.
Member Kappa Alpha Theta, Pi Gamma Museum.
Married William Henry Axtell, Doctor of Medicine of Bellingham, Washington, June 11, 1891. Children: Ruth Frances L. Prominent in state of Washington.