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Special Ranger Robert Lee Franklin | Texas Rangers, Texas Texas Rangers, Texas

Special Ranger

Robert Lee Franklin

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, September 9, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 5 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

Incident Date: 9/5/1933

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Special Texas Ranger Lee Franklin was responding to a call that a woman had been assaulted in Conroe in Montgomery County when his automobile left the roadway and collided with a telephone pole. Franklin was taken to the hospital with a broken leg, ribs and other injuries. He was reported to be doing well but suddenly died four days later.

Franklin had been appointed a Special Texas Ranger on March 15, 1933 and served almost 5 months. He had previously been an officer in Nacogdoches County, a constable in Trinity County and a city policeman in Conroe. He was survived by his wife and four children. He was buried in the Alazan Cemetery in Nacogdoches County.

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Robert Lee Franklin was my dad's half brother. They did not grow up knowing each other. If fact, they never met, but I am extremely proud to call him my uncle. He is, indeed, a hero. Rachel Franklin Hill

Rachel Franklin Hill
May 12, 2013


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