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Herbert Mendell Franklin, American government administrator. Bar: Supreme Court of the United States Court 1964, District of Columbia 1973.


Franklin, Herbert Mendell was born on May 16, 1933 in Milwaukee. Son of Nathan Mendel and Bessie (Ozonoff) Franklin.


AB cum laude, Harvard University, 1955. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1958.


Associate firm, Charne and Tehan, Milwaukee, 1958-1961;attorney Office of Chief Counsel, United States Urban Renewal Administration, Housing and Home Finance Agency, Washington, 1961-1965;director, Urban American, Inc., Business and Development Center, Washington, 1965-1967;planning and development administrator, Office of Mayor, City of Middletown, Connecticut, 1967-1968;vice president for housing and urban growth, National Urban Coalition, Washington, 1968-1972;member firm, Lane and Edson, Professional Corporation, Washington, 1973-1989;counsel to firm, Kelley Drye & Warren, Washington, 1989;Executive officer, Architect of the Capitol, Washington, since 1989. Adjunct Professor American U. School Government and Public Administration, Washington, 1974-1978. Guest lecturer on land use controls, housing and community development.


  • Bar: Supreme Court of the United States Court 1964, District of Columbia 1973.


Founder, chairman of the board of trustees National Building Museum, Washington, 1987-1989, bd.trustees member Executive Committee, since 1989, founding trustee, 1992. Founder, board directors, secretary Chevy Chase Foundation, 1977-1987. Board directors National Housing Conference, 1967-1980, member Executive Committee, 1975-1980, chairman nominations consultant, 1976-1979.

Board directors Metropolitan Washington Planning and Housing Association, 1977-1978, Potomac Institute, Inc., 1984-1993. Public member, vice chairman District of Columbia Rental Accommodations Commission, 1976-1977. Co-chair District of Columbia Mayor's Transition Committee on Housing and Community Development, 1979.

Member American Bar Association (advisory commission on housing and urban, 1977-1978), Cosmos Club (garden committee since 1989, vice chairman 1991).


Married Barbara Braemer, April 10, 1960. Children: Marcia, Jonathan, David.

Nathan Mendel Franklin

Bessie (Ozonoff) Franklin

Barbara Braemer

Marcia Franklin

Jonathan Franklin

David Franklin