Born in Marlborough, New Hampshire to Joseph Frost and Lucy (Wheeler) Frost. Frost moved to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1833. He attended the public schools. He engaged in mercantile pursuits. He served as mayor of Chelsea, Massachusetts, in 1867 and 1868. He served as member of the State senate in 1871 and 1872 and of the Governor's council in 1873 and 1874. Presented credentials as a Republican Member-elect to the Forty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1875, until July 28, 1876, when he was succeeded by Josiah G. Abbott, who contested his election. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress. He served as president of the National Association of Woolen Manufacturers 1877–1884. He served as president of the Boston Board of Trade 1878–1880. He served as president of the New England Conservatory of Music. He was one of the founders of the New England Law and Order League and of the Boston Art Club . He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892. He died in Chicago, Illinois, March 6, 1894. He was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery, Chelsea, Massachusetts.
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- The New York Times, Ex-Congressman Frost's Remains. Page 9 (March 8, 1894).
- Rand, John Clark, One of a Thousand A series of Biographical Sketches of One Thousand Representative Men Resident in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. pages 235–236, (1890).
- Johnson, Rossiter.: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans Vol. IV, (1904).
- Toomey, Daniel P.: Massachusetts of Today: A Memorial of the State, Historical and Biographical, Issued for the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago. page 379 (1892).
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 4th congressional district
March 4, 1875 – July 28, 1876
Josiah G. Abbott
|| 5th Mayor of Chelsea, Massachusetts
James B. Forsyth
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