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Frances Dodge

Born: Nov 27, 1914

Death: Jan 24, 1971

Birthplace: Detroit

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Frances Dodge

Date of Birth : Nov 27, 1914
Date of Death : Jan 24, 1971
Birth Place : Detroit

Frances Dodge was an internationally known horsewoman. She was the eldest of the three children of John Francis Dodge and his third wife Matilda Rausch Dodge. The Dodges had three other children and lived their early years in Detroit and Grosse Pointe. In 1920, after the death of John Dodge, the family moved to Meadow Brook Farms in Rochester Michigan which had been a hunting and golf retreat for the Dodge brothers. She was encouraged to ride along with her brother, Daniel, and this sparked a lifelong passion for horses. Frances finished high school at Mt. Vernon Seminary in 1933 and married James Johnson on July 1, 1938. The next year, on her 25th birthday, Frances received control of her $10,000,000 trust fund from the John Dodge estate. She celebrated at a surprise birthday party to the tunes of the Tommy Dorsey orchestra and the vocals of Frank Sinatra. Frances founded Dodge Stables at Meadow Brook Farm where she bred American Saddlebreds. Under the management of Wallace Bailey, and later, Earl Teater, Dodge Stables became a legend in the show horse world.


  • Businessperson
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  • John Francis Dodge
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