Idaho's Hall of Fame, Inc.
Frank Church

Frank Church served 24 years in the U.S. Senate being one of the youngest to achieve this post at 32.He was only 59 when he passed away but his dedication to Idaho and his accomplishments will live on forever.

He was born in Boise, July 25, 1924 and throughout his years of schooling at North Junior High and Boise High he showed amazing abilities.As a junior in high school he won the American Legion National Oratorical Contest with a speech on the "American Way of Life."And this was only the beginning ....

After high school Frank Church attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California but this endeavor was cut short when he enlisted in the U.S. Army.During this tour of duty he was awarded the Bronze Star. After the war he returned to Stanford and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Despite an illness that some said he would not recover from, Mr. Church graduated from law school in 1950.A memorable career in politics soon followed.

His accomplishments over the next 24 years or numerous.In his first year in the Senate he sponsored a key amendment that assured passage of the first civil rights law since Reconstruction.The Senate Majority Leader at that time, Lyndon Johnson awarded him a seat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.The young senator’s dream of following in William Borah’s footsteps was one step closer.During his career he sponsored many bills that had a positive impact on Idaho.

Even though his career in Idaho politics was cut short Frank Church will remain an inspiration to the youth of Idaho.He was inducted into the Idaho’s Hall of Fame in 1996.