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From the book entitle: University of Maryland, 1807-1907: its history, influence, equipment and characteristics, with biographical sketches and portraits of its founders, benefactors, egents, faculty and alumni, Volume 2
Authors: Eugene Fauntleroy Cordell
Editor: William Calvin Chestnut


Frank Valerius Rhodes 1855- Law. Class of 1880.

Frank V. Rhodes, of the Baltimore bar, member of the firm of Rhodes & Rhodes, and who taught school for twelve years previous to entering the legal profession, was born in Frederick county, Maryland, December 9, 1855, a son of George and Eliza (Cunningham) Rhodes, and on the paternal side is a descendant of a family of planters whose settlement in this state antedated the Revolution. His American ancestor came from England, and in almost ever)- succeed­ing generation until comparatively late years his descendants were planters. Two of Mr. Rhodes' brothers were soldiers in the Confederate service during the Civil War, one hold­ing a commission as captain and the other being a sergeant. The Cunninghams were Pennsylvanians through several generations. Mr. Rhodes obtained his early education in public schools in Frederick and Montgomery counties, and grad­uated from Brookville Academy in 1871. Afterward he took a course in economics at Johns Hopkins University, and from 1873 to 1885 was a professional teacher. While filling a pedagogue's chair, he made the course of University of Maryland Law School, graduating from that institution with the degree of LL. b: in 1880, and afterward took a special course in law at the University of Virginia. In 1885 he began general practice in Baltimore, and in 1890 became partner with his brother (C. C. Rhodes) in the firm of Rhodes & Rhodes. During the twenty years of his professional career Mr. Rhodes has taken an active interest in political affairs, but has devoted his attention closely to law practice. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Bar Association of Baltimore City, University Club, Baltimore Country Club, Churchman's Club, Phi Gamma Delta, and is a vestryman of St. Andrew's Church.