The Joseph A. Caulder Collection
Past Rotary International Director 1928-29   -  Regina, Sask., Canada

"Eyewitness to Rotary International's First 50 Years"


JOSEPH A. CAULDER - An eyewitness to Rotary International's first 50 years.

Album 1 - Pages 11-12:  Frank L. Mulholland, 4th President

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Frank L. Muholland

Rotary's 4th President



Rotary Biography of


 Toledo. Ohio. U.S.A.

President, Rotary International


(Deceased: 7 June, 1949)

At the time of his death, Frank L. Mulholland was engaged in general law practice in Toledo, Ohio. He was born in Disco, Michigan, and was graduated from Albion College and the University of Michigan.

He was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Toledo, which was organized in 1912, and served as President of that Club. He was active in Rotary International as President (in 1914-15), Director, and as chairman and member of numerous committees.

Mr. Mulholland had been counsel in many important labor relations cases throughout the nation, as well as arbitrations and wage negotiations involving railway labor-management disputes. He was co-author of the Railway Labor Acts of 1926 and 1934. In Toledo, he was Secretary and Director of the Erie-Thomas Pie Company, and a Director of the Kuhlman Builders Supply and Brick Company and the Landers Corporation.

From 1940 until his death, he had been a member of the Board of Directors of the Toledo Society for Crippled Children, and he had served as President of the Toledo Chamber of Commerce. During World War I, he was an organizer of war camp community activities and also served as a Captain in the United States Army assigned to the Publicity Commission on the western battle fronts. He was later assigned to Red Cross service on the western battle fronts.

From Rotary International,

35 East Wacker Drive,

Chicago 1, Ill., U. S. A.

March 1954.


Joseph A. Caulder's

Recollections of


Frank was Rotary's fourth President. He served Rotary long and faithfully. It seemed almost in keeping that he should pass away suddenly at Lake Placid when presiding at an Institute session, June 7th, 1949. Some of his friends thought he looked drawn that morning and suggested he let someone else preside, but that was not Frank's way. I had known him for 30 years but perhaps never had sat down with him for a full hour's chat until the evening of June 6th in the Inn lobby. We chatted about cows and he asked me to have our best Holstein man send him a truck load of the best one and two year old heifers he could find. Frank had a fine dairy farm. The order, of course, was never carried out as the next day he was gone. I was sergeant-at-arms that year at Lake Placid and that day I got to know Mrs. Mulholland. There was a special service in the chapel that evening and all his old friends of many nationalities and religions were there to pay their respects to a fine man.


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"The Rotarian"

Obituary of

Frank L. Muholland,

August 1949


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