Frank LaMar Christian

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Frank LaMar Christian
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Christian in 1927
Warden of Elmira Correctional Facility
In office
Acting Warden of Auburn Prison
In office
Appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Personal details
Born (1876-02-23)February 23, 1876
New York
Died November 20, 1955(1955-11-20) (aged 79)
New York
Education Cornell University
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Frank LaMar Christian, M.D. (February 23, 1876 – October 20, 1955), was the warden of Elmira Correctional Facility from 1917 to 1939.[1]


He was born on February 23, 1876 in Waterloo, New York. He had a short career in baseball for one of the Rochester teams.

He attended Waterloo Academy, then Cornell University. He received his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1899. He became the ambulance physician at Bellevue Hospital. He took a job at Eastern District Reformatory and in 1901 he was appointed as the medical superintendent of the Elmira Correctional Facility.[2]

He was appointed as the warden of Elmira in 1917.[1]

In 1929 he was appointed as the acting warden at Auburn Correctional Facility following a riot.[3][4][5]

He retired after being stabbed in his car by two prisoners attempting an escape in 1939.[6]

He died on October 20, 1955 at the Arnot-Ogden Hospital in Elmira, New York.[1][7] He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.