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What's in a Name? - Frederick M. Warner #1387, Farmington Hills, Michigan

Frederick Maltby Warner was born in Hickling, Nottinghamshire England on July 21, 1865. He was the third child and first boy born to William and Frances Munton Maltby. The family immigrated to the United States and settled on land in Livonia, Michigan. When Frederick was just 6 months old, his mother died and his father, unable to care for his children, began looking for homes for them. Frederick was adopted by P. Dean and Rhoda Botsford Warner on February 21, 1866. Three years later the family moved into the home built by P. Dean Warner, which now serves as Farmington’s Historical Museum. 

Frederick followed in his father’s footsteps in both business and politics. In 1894, when he was 21 years old, he took over the management of the family’s general store in downtown Farmington; he won his first seat in the State Senate. Ten years later, he exceeded his father’s political achievements by being elected governor on the Republican ticket. He went on to become Michigan’s first 2-term governor (1905-1910). He died in 1923 at the age of 57. 

This chapter was chartered on April 9, 2002, and continues to have both men and women as members.