Father: Gov. Frank W. Carpenter

Carpenter and Friends
Carpenter and Friends

Edward Bowditch, Newton Gilbert,

Carpenter, Victor Heiser, Leech

Gen. Francis LeJ. Parker, Coolidge, Wm. Cameron Forbes

Carpenter’s 03051945 VOC obit

Frank Watson Carpenter was born in Corinth, Saratoga County, NY, 16 June 1871, the son of Franklin Carpenter and Amanda Melvina Watson.  He married first Lucia Rolschau , 1 July 1893 in Papillion, Nebraska. She was born in Denmark in 1874.  They had Frank W. Carpenter, born 12 July 1895 in Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Margurita Amanda Carpenter, born 12 August 1894 in Minnesota.  He married secondly Maria Wentworth Bates in New York City, 4 August 1939.  By her he had one son, your friendly blogger.

Carpenter arrived in 1899 in the Philippine Islands on the staff of General Henry Ware Lawton, as his chief civilian clerk.  In 1900 he served as secretary to the military governor, General Arthur MacArthur.  In 1903 he became Assistant Executive Secretary of the Philippine Commission.  On the death of Arthur W Ferguson, Carpenter was appointed Executive Secretary February 18th, 1908 by Gov. Gen. Smith.   On December 1st, 1913, on appointment by W. Cameron Forbes, succeeding General John J Pershing, the last military Governor of the Moro Province,   Carpenter became the first civilian governor of the Moro Province, which with additional territory became the Department of Mindanao and Sulu. In May 1917 he was appointed Director of the Bureau of Non-Christian Tribes, extending his responsibilities to include the Mountain Province on Luzon, and Muslim and pagan groups on the Islands. From May 4, 1920 to November 1922 he was Chairman of the Finance Commission.  He then left the Islands to spend two years recuperating in Nagasaki, Japan.

Some links for Carpenter:

Sulu is an island province of the Philippines

Kris-Crossing Mindanao

Arlington National Cemetery


4 responses to this post.

  1. Wow, Frank! Seems impossible! What family memories this brings back, because my grandfather served on the Japanese Occupation staff of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. And your father (could you really be the son of someone born in 1871?) must have been part of WIlliam Howard Taft’s team so well chronicled in Karnow’s *In Our Own Image.* If he’s in there, I didn’t associate the name with you when I read it a few years ago.


  2. Posted by Bill McCabe on September 19, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    I read, earlier today, a write up on the senior Frank Carpenter and his time in the Philippines. I’d very much like to contact the author of that text as some 20 years or so ago I was engaged in doing research on the senior Mr. Carpenter. I do hope you can secure the author’s email address that I can make contact with him.

    Thank you for your time.

    Bill McCabe
    Orlando, FL


  3. Posted by Philippe Joshua Uy on March 27, 2011 at 3:19 AM

    Hi blogger! The Iloilo City Government(Iloilo City, Philippines) and SM City Iloilo(Chain of malls in the Philippines) join hands in preserving the heritage sites here in Iloilo City, Philippines. One of the project is the Carpenter’s Bridge. I was tasked to design the banners regarding the history of Frank W. Carpenter. I hope you don’t mind, we got the pictures and articles from this site. The banners will be displayed this April 2011 on the Carpenter’s Bridge, Iloilo City. If you like to have a copy of the banners i designed, please email me where i can send the electronic files.

    Thank you!



  4. Posted by bong on January 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    The Carpenter Bridge which is named in memory of the late Governor Frank Carpenter, is the bridge connecting Molo and Mandurriao districts in Iloilo City. The Iloilo City Government should maintain and preserve our cultural and historical landmarks for future generations.


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