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Daniel, Sheriff Benjamin Franklin

Male 1916 - 2006  (89 years)


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  • Name Daniel, Benjamin Franklin 
    Title Sheriff 
    Born 6 Jul 1916  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name Frank 
    Occupation Law Enforcement Officer 
    Reference Number 9564 
    Died 2 Mar 2006  Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Bethel United Methodist Church, Pelham, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I9401  Caswell County
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2022 

    Father Daniel, Oscar S.,   b. 9 Oct 1879, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1965, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Bradsher, Laura Ella,   b. 22 May 1882, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1961, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 10 May 1903  Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Reference Number 67616 
    Family ID F4918  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Adams, Lucille,   b. 17 Mar 1920,   d. 10 Sep 1999  (Age 79 years) 
    Reference Number 67623 
    Children 
     1. Living
    +2. Living
    +3. Living
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F4917  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Jul 1916 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Mar 2006 - Danville, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Bethel United Methodist Church, Pelham, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Caswell County Sheriff Department 1958
    Caswell County Sheriff Department 1958

  • Notes 
    • Benjamin Franklin Daniel (1916-2006)

      Caswell County Sheriff's Department 1958

      Caswell School Crisis The Bee (Danville, VA) 23 January 1963

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      First Photograph Caswell County Sheriff's Department 1958 (left-to-right): John Lewis Satterfield, Jr.; James (Snake) Ashby; Benjamin Franklin Daniel; George Hodges; and Bobby Poteat

      Second Photograph: "The serious mood which permeated the Caswell County courthouse last night is reflected in the faces of Sheriff Frank Daniel, at top, Deputy James Ashby, lower left, and Deputy George Hodge [Hodges]. Sheriff Daniel grimmaces [sic] as he reads a press account of an NAACP statement concerning the shooting of two white men by the father of four of the Negro children among the 16 integrating Caswell schools yesterday."

      Caswell School Crisis The Bee (Danville, VA) 23 January 1963.
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      Poteat Candidate For Sheriff

      As Aldridge has all but bowed out of the May 28 Democratic primary [for Caswell County Commissioner], to other candidates entered. One of these is Bobby Poteat, who said he will oppose Frank Daniel as sheriff. Poteat's announcement assured Caswell of at least one county contest in the upcoming primary.

      It could be a lively one. Poteat, who lives at Providence, has been under pressure for some time to challenge Daniel and is expected to give Daniel his most serious competition since Daniel first was elected in 1958. Poteat served as a deputy under Daniel until last month when he resigned. Before becoming a deputy in August, 1957, he was a constable of Dan River Township.

      A member of Providence Baptist Church, he married the former Margaret Murphy in 1950. They have a son, 6, and daughter, 11. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

      Sheriff Daniel announced this week that Brooks Arnold, 57, of Pelham, has been appointed deputy sheriff to succeed Poteat.

      Source: The Danville Register (Danville, Virginia), 4 March 1966, Friday, Page 11.
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      Bobby Poteat Upset Frank Daniel in Caswell County Sheriff Race: 1966

      Sheriff Frank Daniel took his defeat philosophically: "That's the way the ball bounces," he said. "Anytime you play ball, you can't expect to win them all." When the last vote came in and Poteat was declared the winner, Daniel congratulated him. Asked what he told his former deputy, Daniel said, "I told him he'll be our sheriff and I'll be behind him 100 percent."

      Daniel, a former NC Highway Patrolman, had been Caswell County Sheriff for eight years, after defeating Sheriff Lynn Banks Williamson in a runoff.

      Poteat had served as a deputy sheriff under Daniel throughout Daniel's two terms until he resigned early in 1966 to challenge the incumbent. Happy but tired after the ballots were counted, he relaxed at his parents' home and expressed his appreciation to all those who had worked for him. "I've got a lot of friends I didn't know about," he said. With no Republican opposition this fall, Poteat is assured of election.

      Bobby Edward Poteat (1930-1996)
      Benjamin Franklin Daniel (1916-2006)
      Roy Malloy Thompson (1938-1980)
      Lester Homer Turner (1927-2004)

      The Danville Register (Danville, Virginia), 29 May 1966
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      Pelham, NC - Benjamin Franklin (Frank) Daniel, 89 of 5566 Park Springs Road died Thursday, March 2, 2006 at Danville Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. He was born in Caswell County to Oscar and Laura Bradsher Daniel July 6, 1916. He was a farmer for many years, and served on the N.C. State Highway Patrol for twelve years and the Caswell County Sheriff Department and retired after several years of employment with Goodyear Tire Company of Danville. He attended Caswell County Schools and was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.

      Graveside services were on Sunday March 5 at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery conducted by Rev. Philip Brown. Surviving are on daughter, Lee Linne Daniel Dushatinski and husband Jim of Syracuse, NY. Two sons, Ben Daniel and wife Linda of North Topsail Beach, N.C. and Gwen D. Guill of Roxboro, Grandchildren Deborah McGuire and Morgan Daniel, and one great-grandchild, Madison McGuire.

      Mr. Daniel was predeceased by his wife Lucille Adams Daniel September 10, 1999, two sisters Bernice Williamson and Lucille Daniel, brothers Lewis, Reuben, Otis and Bratcher Daniel. The family receives friends Saturday 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Harrelson Funeral Service and at other times at the residence. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, c/o of Kay Satterfield 7375 Park Springs Road, Pelham, N.C., 27311. Harrelson Funeral Service is assisting the Daniel family with arrangements.

      Source: The Caswell Messenger, March 8, 2006
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      Frank Daniel was Sheriff of Caswell County 1958-1966, being preceded by Lynn Banks Williamson (1953-1958) and succeeded by Bobby Poteat (1966-1978). Before becoming Caswell County's Sheriff, he was a member of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, serving in the western part of North Carolina.

      Source: When the Past Refused to Die: A History of Caswell County North Carolina 1777-1977, William S. Powell (1977) at 545.
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      In the spring of 1966, Caswell County Deputy Sheriff Bobby Poteat resigned to run against his boss Sheriff Frank Daniel in the July Democratic primary. As there was no Republican challenger, the winner of the primary would be the Caswell County Sheriff.

      With Poteat's resignation, Sheriff Daniel had a deputy sheriff's position to fill. He appointed John Brooks Arnold, 57, from Providence. Arnold lasted only a few weeks, dying suddenly of a heart attack April 8, 1966.

      Bobby Poteat defeated Frank Daniel, who had served for eight years (after defeating Lynn Banks Williamson in 1958). Poteat was re-elected twice after his initial 1966 victory (1970 and 1974). However, he was defeated in 1978 and by early 1979 was in federal prison. He was succeeded by James Isaac Smith, Jr.

      See: The Danville Register (Danville, VA), 4 March 1966.

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Bradsher and Allied Families.