Frank Vogel was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota February 6, 1888. After graduating from St. Cloud Teachers college, he moved to Anamoose, North Dakota at the age of 21. In 1913, he married Loruilla Larson in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
He taught in schools located in Dazey and Underwood, North Dakota before beginning a career in banking in Coleharbor, North Dakota in 1916. When the bank closed in 1930, he became a deputy collector of the internal revenue in Bismarck until 1932.
Vogel was a colorful political leader in North Dakota. He is credited for helping William Langer win the 1932 gubernatorial election. He was considered the ‘behind the scenes’ strategist for the Nonpartisan League. He served as a tax commissioner and highway commissioner before becoming president of BND in 1937.
Vogel passed away in 1951 at the age of 63. He and his wife had five sons; Frank Jr. was killed in action during World War II.