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Francis L. Dale (b. 1921, Champaign, Illinois; d. December 1, 1993) was an American businessman and Republican political operative.


Early life

Dale graduated from Duke University and obtained a law degree from the University of Virginia. He had been a partner in the Cincinnati law firm of Frost & Jacobs.

During World War II he served as the commanding officer of the USS Pillsbury (DE-133), an antisubmarine craft that captured the German submarine U-505, among other exploits.

Business career

After returning to civilian life, Dale served as a partner in the Cincinnati law firm of Frost & Jacobs.

As president of the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1973, Dale was a supporter of building the downtown Riverfront Stadium, the Reds' home when the park opened in 1970. He was also was publisher of The Cincinnati Enquirer from 1965 to 1973.

Political career

Dale served on Richard M. Nixon's Committee to Re-elect the President from 1971-1972, and was appointed by Nixon to serve as United States representative to the United Nations in Geneva in 1972 with the rank of ambassador.


Francis Dale died of a heart attack on December 1, 1993 while visiting Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.[1] He is buried at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.[2]


  1. ^ "Francis L. Dale, 72, Ex-Publisher And Representative to U.N., Dies", New York Times December 2, 1993
  2. ^ Spring Grove Cemetery - Baseball Notables


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