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Frank Melton


Frank Melton was the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, from July 4, 2005, until his death on May 7, 2009. Frank  Melton, an African American, defeated Harvey Johnson Jr., the city’s first black mayor, who had served two terms, in the Democratic primary with 63 percent of the vote.

Early Life and Childhood

Frank Melton was born on March 19, 1949, in Houston, Texas, United States. His real birth name is Frank Ervin Melton.

Melton was born in Houston, Texas to Herbert Melton and Marguerite Haynes-Melton, both of his parents were active members of the University Presbyterian Church in Houston.

Frank is an American by nationality and belongs to the Christian religion, and his zodiac sign is  Pisces which belongs to the element of Water, according to astrologers.


Melton was rushed to the hospital on election night. Sgt. Eric B. Fox, Melton’s security detail driver assigned by the Jackson Police Department, discovered him unresponsive. He’d gone into cardiac arrest at his Jackson home.

On Thursday, May 7, 2009, shortly after midnight, he died, less than two days after losing the election. Dr. Ellen Melton, his wife, was by his side. He passed away at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital in Jackson.


Talking about Frank Melton’s formal education, Melton attended Booker T. Washington High School. Furthermore, he relocated to Nacogdoches, Texas, to pursue a BA at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Career and Professional Life

After graduation, he went into broadcasting, first as a sports anchor for KTRE TV in Lufkin, Texas, and then as general manager of KLTV TV in 1977, where he rose through the ranks before becoming president of Buford Television, Inc. In 1984, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of WLBT TV Inc. in Jackson, Mississippi, a position he held until 2002.

Melton was a member of the Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) national board of directors, the Liberty Broadcasting Board of Directors, and the NBC Affiliates Board of Directors. He was a member of the Liberty Broadcasting Board of Directors, the Wave Board of Directors, the Community Broadcast Group Board of Directors, and the NBC Affiliates Board of Directors.

Moreover, Melton chastised Hinds County District Attorney Faye Peterson in April 2006 for refusing to call his star witness, Christopher Walker, to testify against Albert “Batman” Donelson, the alleged leader of the Wood Street Players.

The district attorney was forced to remove Walker from the witness list after the defense provided affidavits proving that Walker had lived with the mayor for a long time. Mayor Melton appointed Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin as Jackson’s new police chief on November 16, 2007, after reassigning police chief Shirlene Anderson to a new position within his administration.

Sheriff McMillin decided to continue serving as Hinds County Sheriff while also serving as Chief of the Jackson Police Department, making him the first person in Mississippi history to hold both positions.

Frank Melton

Caption: Frank Melton in his cabin. Source: The New York Times

Brand Endorsements

Frank has not endorsed any brand has not promoted anything till now and has not been seen in any collaborations with brands. No information is available regarding the other brands Frank has cooperated with or not.

Awards and Nomination

Frank has not been an associate or won any kind of award. Similarly, Frank hasn’t received any prestigious title. Despite being a talented mayor, he did not win any awards in his entire life.

Frank Melton – Net Worth 2024

Frank Melton has an estimated net worth of approximately around $7 million. Most of Frank’s income sources are from his political career. Additionally, Frank has worked very hard in different sectors to achieve this fame.

Frank Melton

Caption: Frank Melton posing for the photo. Source: Tribune

Relationship Status

Frank was married to his girlfriend Ellen Melton. The couple together has two children and they are Matthew and Lauren. Moreover, Frank hasn’t been married before and doesn’t have any past relationships or previous engagements.


On July 19, 2006, Frank was chastised by homeless advocates for using the city’s emergency order.

Melton pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors for bringing a weapon into a church and a park, and no contest to a reduced charge for bringing a gun onto the grounds of the Mississippi College School of Law.

The Mississippi Supreme Court vacated Frank Melton’s arrest warrant and asked Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green to recuse himself on March 8, 2007, without explaining why.

Body Measurements

Frank stands at the height of 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 77 kilograms. But Franks’s exact body measurements are not available.

Similarly, he has beautiful black eyes and hair but his dress size and shoe size are not available.

Frank Melton

Caption: Frank Melton posing for the photo. Source: Free Press

Frank Melton – Social Media

Frank is not available on any other social media sites including Facebook. Similarly, Frank enjoys being present and keeping things private in his personal life. As a result, Frank doesn’t use any social media sites. There are, however, some fake Frank profiles.