Franklin Frederick Korell – Captain, United States Army Member of Congress & Government Official

Courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives:

Representative from Oregon; born in Portland, Oreg., July 23, 1889; attended the public schools and Bishop Scott Academy, Portland, Oregon; was graduated from the law department of the University of Oregon at Eugene in 1910; attended Yale Law School in 1911 and 1912; was admitted to the bar in 1910 and commenced practice in Portland, Oregon; during the First World War served as a First Lieutenant and Captain in the Twelfth Regiment Infantry, Eighth Division, later being transferred to the Eighty-second Regiment Infantry, Sixteenth Division, and served from August 1917 until March 1919; resumed the practice of law in Portland, Oregon; member of the State house of representatives 1923-1925; elected as a Republican to the Seventieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Maurice E. Crumpacker; reelected to the Seventy-first Congress and served from October 18, 1927, to March 3, 1931; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress; served as special assistant to the general counsel of the United States Treasury Department 1931-1943 and in the chief counsel’s office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue 1943-1959; lived in Alexandria, Virginia, until his death there on June 7, 1965; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

NOTE: Mrs. Korell was first the wife of Brigadier General William (Billy) Mitchell.  Their son together, John Lendrum Mitchell III, First Lieutenant, United States Army, who died in 1942, is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  He is mentioned on the Korell gravesite.


MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – August 8, 1932 – Caroline S. Mitchell, divorced wife of Brigadier General William Mitchell of the United States Army Air Service, filed a petition in Circuit Court here today, asking increased alimony.

Mrs. Mitchell now gets $150 a month for the support of each of two daughters and $100 for her son.  She has asked that the alimony be increased to $1,000 a month.

Mrs. Mitchell claims that the income of the General has been doubled, and that his mother, Harriet D. Mitchell, who died in December 1922, left him one-fifth of the proceeds of a $1,000,000 estate, and that he also has other sources.  It is her belief that he soon will be receiving $50,000 a year.

Brigadier General Mitchell is a son of the late United States Senator John L. Mitchell and grandson of Alexander Mitchell, Milwaukee’s wealthiest pioneer banker.  One year after his divorce from Caroline Mitchell he was married to Miss Elizabeth Miller of Detroit.


Former Wife of Brigadier General Becomes Bride Of Ex-Congressman

WASHINGTON, November 9, 1932 – Mrs. Carolina Stoddard Mitchell, former wife of Brigadier General William Mitchell, who before his resignation from the Army was Assistant Chief of the Air Service, was married this afternoon to former U.S. Representative Franklin F. Korell or Oregon. The ceremony was held at the home of the bride on Massachusetts Avenue by the Rev. Dr. John C. Palmer, pastor of the Washington Heights Presbyterian Church.  Mrs. Korell and his wife left for New York to sail tonight for a tour of South America.

Mr. Korell, who since his retirement from public life has lived in Alexandria, Virginia, was a member of Congress from the Portland District from 1927 to 1931.  In the World War he was a Captain of Infantry.

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