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Thomas Gold Frost, Jr., Esq. [1866-1948]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Maria Catherina [Gieg] m. [John George] Slough2>Barbara [Slough] m. [John] Kennedy3>Joel Kennedy4>Mary Adele [Kennedy] m. [Thomas Gold] Frost, Jr.5

The Frost Family in England and America with Special Reference to Emund Frost and Some of His Descendents by Thomas G. Frost, Ph.D., L.L.D. and Edward L. Frost, M. D., Buffalo, Russell Printing Company 1909.


Thomas Gold Frost Jr the second son and youngest child of Thomas Gold Frost Sr. was born at Galesburg Ill on the 17th day of February 1866. He lived at Galesburg until 1873 when the family removed to Evanston Ill. After attending private school for a couple of years he entered the public school at Evanston in 1875. He continued there until the fall of 1879 when he entered the Evanston Village High School. After spending a year there he entered the preparatory department of Northwestern University in the fall of 1880. He remained there only one term leaving school on his father's death in December 1880. In the spring of 1881 he accompanied his mother and sisters to Galesburg Ill where the family continued to reside until his mother's death in the fall of 1905. From the spring of 1881 until September 1st 1882 he clerked in the book store of Frank Fuller in Galesburg. During all this time he found time though working from seven in the morning until nine at night to prepare for college. In September 1882 he successfully passed his entrance examinations to Knox College at Galesburg Illinois and during his four years in that institution was a most active student therein.

During his four years at Knox he frequently took part in public exhibitions of the college and literary societies as well as participating in several plays. His reputation in college rested largely on his skill as a debater his varied and wide reading and his reputation as an all round athlete. He played baseball and football during the entire four years of the college course being captain in his senior year of the Knox Baseball Nine and participating in the first inter-collegiate football game ever played between a Knox football eleven and that of another college. This was the game between Knox and Monmouth played in the month of November 1885. During his course at Knox college he stood very high as a scholar and was class orator at the class day exercises on his graduation in 1886.


In the fall of 1886 Thomas Gold Frost entered with about 250 others mostly college graduates as a member of the class of 1888 at the Columbia Law School. Here for two years he studied under the tutelage of his father's college friend at Hamilton, that prince of teachers, Theodore W Dwight. During both his junior and senior years he took in connection with his work at the law school all the lectures of the School of Political Science under Dean John W. Burgess and his associates.


In his junior year he was elected one of the twelve members chosen from his class for membership in the Choate Club. He also tutored during this entire year. In the fall of 1897 he, in company with Paul K Ames, Yale 86, founded and edited the Columbia Law Times. At the same time through the personal influence and at the solicitation of Prof. Henry Drummond he became associated with the Student's Movement, this being the first systematic organized effort to conduct Christian work among the colleges and professional schools in New York City. He was the first president of the Student's Club which has continued until the present day as a most powerful department of the inter-collegiate work of the Young Men's Christian Association of New York City. In the winter of 1888 he visited and spoke at Yale, Princeton, Harvard, and many Western colleges and universities in connection with the association work. During the year he was awarded the Seligman Prize Fellowship of $250 from the School of Political Science at Columbia. In June of 1888 he was graduated from the Columbia Law School ranking fourth among the four prize men chosen out of a class of 200. In the fall of 1888 he cast his first presidential vote at Galesburg Ill for Benjamin Harrison for President. Since that time he has always affiliated with the Republican party. In November of 1888 he took up his residence at Minneapolis, Minnesota where he entered as a law clerk in the leading law firm of Wilson and Lawrence. He was admitted to the Minnesota Bar on March 13th, 1889. In the fall of 1889 he formed a partnership for the practice of law at Minneapolis with his classmate at Knox, John B. Brown, under the name and style of Frost & Brown. This partnership continued for several years when it was dissolved on account of Mr Brown's having to return to Illinois. During the ten years of his residence at Minneapolis his practice grew rapidly until it represented as remunerative a practice as any in that city. For seven years he was the Northwestern attorney for one of the larger surety companies. This connection together with others took him much into the federal courts and into other states. During these ten years he tried cases in the courts of Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Texas, New York, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. In 1896 he was admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States at which time he had his first case in that court. His admission was moved by Hon. Thomas Lochren, Commissioner of Pensions, and later United States District Judge for the district of Minnesota. During his residence at Minneapolis he was secretary for two years of the leading Republican organization of the state, The Union League Club of that city and took part on the stump during the campaigns of 1890, 1892 1896.


On October 26th, 1893, he was married at Ann Arbor Michigan to Miss Mary Adele Kennedy, daughter of Rev. Joel Kennedy and Martha Stimpson Kennedy of Ann Arbor Michigan. At this wedding Charles C. George of Omaha Nebraska acted as best man and Miss Elizabeth B. Frost acted as maid of honor.


Thomas Gold Frost Jr has two children. The oldest Barbara Gold Frost was born at 419 West 118th Street New York City on June 9th 1903. The youngest Dorothy Dean Frost was born at 425 West 118th Street New York City on March 22nd 1908.


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His [John Edward Frost L.L.D] only son, Thomas Gold Frost [father of Thomas Gold Frost Jr.], was born at Whitesboro, N. Y., May 4, 1821, and graduated at Hamilton College, in 1843, with salutatory honors. He prepared for the profession of law and was admitted to the bar, at Rome, N. Y., in 1846, and there, on Nov. 18, 1847, he married Elizabeth Anna Bancroft, a woman of exceptional culture and refinement and a literary writer of ability. Thomas Gold Frost removed with his family to Galesburg, Ill., in 1857, and became one of the foremost lawyers in the State of Illinois. At the time of the Lincoln-Douglas debate, at Galesburg, he delivered the address of welcome to Mr. Lincoln. In 1871 he removed to Chicago and, as one of the ablest lawyers of the Illinois bar, successfully practiced his profession there until his death, at Las Vegas, N. M., Dec. 22, 1880. He was for many years a trustee of Knox College, at Galesburg, and an elder in the Presbyterian church in that city and at Evanston, Ill., for more than twenty years. After his death his widow removed to Galesburg, Ill., where she died Oct. 13, 1905.


from "Lincoln Logs" 10/7/1858


"[Abraham] Lincoln arrives around noon for his fifth debate with Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas. He proceeds to Henry R. Sanderson's home, where attorney Thomas Gold Frost delivers a speech welcoming Lincoln to Galesburg. Miss Anna Hurd presents Lincoln with a banner "prepared by the ladies of Galesburg" to commemorate his visit. At two o'clock in the afternoon, "the military and a large body of citizens on horseback and on foot" escort Lincoln and Douglas, riding separately in "two four horse carriages driven abreast," to the Knox College campus, the site of the debate."