|Name||Frank T. Johns|
, Oregon , United States
|| February 23, 1889
|Died||May 20, 1928
|Last Modifed||Dr. Cynic|
Sep 02, 2009 08:55pm
Socialist - Pro-Labor -
|Info|| Frank Tetes Johns holds the estimable distinction of being the youngest candidate to run for the United States Presidency. He ran on the Socialist Labor Party ticket in 1924 and 1928. While giving a campaign speech in Bend, Oregon, he dove into the cold waters of the Deschutes River when he heard a small boy cry for help. Both he and the little boy drowned. A monument was erected in his honour at the central park of Bend, Oregon, and he was also posthumously given the Andrew Carnegie award for heroism. In 1933, his wife passed away leaving his 2 daughters Margaret and Mildred orphans. Their brother Phillip had already passed away in 1924 during a diptheria epidemic. The two girls also had diptheria, but survived. |
From the internet website for the Andrew Carnegie Hero Fund Commission:
FRANK T. JOHNS
Frank T. Johns, 39, carpenter, died attempting to save John C. Rhodes, Jr., 11, from drowning, Bend, Oregon, May 20, 1928.
John fell from a bridge into very cold deep water in the Deschutes River and drifted in the current at a point 100 feet from the bank. Johns, fully clothed, swam from the opposite bank 240 feet to John, gave him a shove toward the bank, struggled briefly, and sank. John drifted about 15 feet farther and sank. Both were drowned.