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Frank C. P. McGlinn political collection


Held at: Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center [Contact Us]1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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Born in 1914, Francis C. P. McGlinn graduated from William Penn Charter School in 1933, the University of North Carolina in 1937, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1940. He served in the military during World War II, receiving a Purple Heart when he was injured in 1944. After the war, he worked at the law firm of Pepper, Bodine, Stokes and Hamilton and Sheetz. He left the practice of law to work as an executive for the Al Paul Lefton Co., an advertising firm, from 1953-1957. Following his tenure at the Lefton Company, McGlinn worked as an officer at The Fidelity Bank where he eventually became executive vice president (1971-1978). McGlinn left The Fidelity Bank for the Western Savings Bank where he served as vice president (1978-1980) and senior vice president (1980-1982). McGlinn also served on the board of trustees of Temple University (1954-1971), the board of trustees of the Free Library of Philadelphia as well as a host of other civic and philanthropic organizations. A Republican since 1932, McGlinn excelled as a fund-raiser and a financial adviser for the state and national Republican Party. In various capacities, he served on the executive boards of the Republican National Finance Committee (1964-1979) and the Republican Finance Committee of Pennsylvania. In addition to those roles, McGlinn worked on the executive committee of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania, served as a delegate-at-large to the Republican National Conventions from 1964-1976.

The collection consists of McGlinn's political ephemera collection and personal political documents and correspondence as an active Pennsylvanian Republican. Materials include: minutes, memos, agendas, and financial summaries from meetings of the various finance committees on which McGlinn served; delegate packets from the Republican National Convention; invitations to presidential inaugurations; fundraising flyers and brochures; political pamphlets; newsletters, and magazines; clippings of news stories, editorials, and political advertisements; correspondence; campaign literature for various candidates for state and national offices; photographs; ephemera such as buttons, bumper stickers, hats, and ribbons; autographs from political notables (presidents, presidential candidates, senators, cabinet members, and others); commemorative glassware and plates; and recordings of addresses by Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Wilkie, and other political addresses. Also includes collected political ephemera from the 19th and early 20th century, including pamphlets, broadsides, and cabinet cards; framed photographs and posters; buttons and ribbons; and printed materials and ephemera related to the centennial (1876) and sesquicentennial (1926) celebrations.

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