Frank T Waters was born in Mesa, and am a fourth-generation native Arizonan with ties back to Old Tombstone and the original settlers of Southeastern Arizona.
In fact, my great grandfather Henry Alec Waters was “the first white child born in Cochise County” as printed on his birth certificate. Henry’s mother operated the local bakery frequented by Doc Holiday, Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan Earp, and the Clantons and McLaurys; and his father was a U.S. Calvaryman.
My father and grandfather were both born in Southeastern Arizona, and my uncle still operates the family store opened in Safford in 1910. My family has operated a business continually in Arizona since the late 1800’s.
My mother was born in Prescott, and her family has also been in the Southwest for 100 years. With such extensive family ties to Arizona, I am in a unique position to understand the needs of Arizona businesses and families, and the State’s legal and political structure.
I hold both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Northern Arizona University in Southwestern History with additional focus on Political Science and Education.
My wife and both of my parents also graduated from this regional college located in Flagstaff; which has local satellite offices to serve our county’s population.
I went to The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) School of Law to see what other parts of the United States are like; but promptly returned to Arizona when law school ended.
Ole Miss is the fourth oldest Law School in the United States, and has been called the “Harvard of the South.” Ole Miss provided me with an unmatchable law school education as I benefitted from the expertise of Johnny Cochran, Bobby DeLaughter and Myrlie Evers (Ghosts of Mississippi), and Alumnus John Grisham.
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