Frank Leslie Vaughan

Biography of Frank Leslie Vaughan

A native of Boston, but during the greater part of his life a resident of Providence, the late Frank L. Vaughan was connected for more than half a century with the one concern, the Providence Engineering Works. It was characteristic of him that his entire business career should have been spent with the same firm and it was equally characteristic of him that, entirely as the result of his industry and ability, he rose from office boy to the position of treasurer. Widely known and very highly regarded in business and engineering circles, Mr. Vaughan was also active in Masonic and religious work and in every respect was representative of the highest type of useful and public-spirited citizen.

Frank L. Vaughan was born in Boston, Massachusetts, May 4, 1861, a son of Andrew Jackson and Esther (Norris) Vaughan. He received his education in his native city and, in 1879, was graduated with high honors from the Classic High School. Though studious by nature and very desirous to enter college, circumstances prevented him from doing so, a fact which he continued to regret throughout his life. Instead of continuing his education, therefore, he entered business life and accepted the position of office boy for Mayor Doyle of Providence, who recommended him to the Providence Engineering Works. Natural ability, close attention to the duties assigned to him from time to time and untiring industry quickly gained him recognition and he received numerous promotions to positions of ever-increasing responsibility and importance, until he was made treasurer of the Company. This position he continued to fill with much ability and success for many years. His work was characterized by exceptional accuracy, neatness and efficiency. A great reader and student and endowed with a wonderful memory he became a very entertaining and interesting conversationalist and was very popular with all who had the privilege of knowing him. He was very fond of outdoor life and especially of walking, and many of his leisure hours were spent in this manner. His principal hobby was the collecting of old and rare firearms, and his collection, carefully and painstakingly assembled during many years, contains many excellent pieces. He was a member of several Masonic bodies, including What Cheer Chapter, Royal Arch Masons. His religious affiliations were with the Pilgrim Congregational Church, until it was merged with the Union Congregational Church.

Mr. Vaughan married, September II, 1885, Minnie Hedly, a daughter of William H. and Joanna (Potter) Hedly, of Providence. Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan had no children.

Frank Leslie Vaughan died at his home in Providence, January 25, 1925. By his death his wife lost a loving and devoted husband, his many friends a genial and loyal companion, his business associates a keen advisor and a considerate employer, and the community in general one of its most substantial business men and citizens. He will long be remembered for his many fine qualities.

Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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