Lyman, Frank was born on December 20, 1852 in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Son of Edward H. R. and Sarah E. (Low) Lyman.
Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1874. Mechanical Engineering, School of Mines (Columbia), 1878. École des Mines, Paris, 1879-1880.
Deputy commissioner, Department of City Works, Brooklyn, under Alfred T. White, commissioner, 1894-1896. President Low Moor Iron Company of Virginia. Treasurer Coal Run Land Company, Rush Creek Land Company.
Trustee Brooklyn Trust Company, United States Trust Company of New York.
Married Mary Sanger, of Brooklyn, October 21, 1884 (died 1890). Married second, Florence Moodey Porter, of Northampton, Massachusetts.