Francis Marion Bassett is a native of Dayton, having been born when the Gem City was but an overgrown town, February 1, 1860. It was his privilege to acquire an education which fitted him to become a teacher, and he followed the profession a number of years. His success led to his being appointed superintendent of schools and later selected as one of the county school commissioners. He tired of the school room routine and secured an appointment to the police department on March 12, 1901. He served as sergeant on the force from 1905 to 1909, but is now doing a "beat." He has a wife, Alice, and one daughter, Laura. Mr. Bassett is a member of a K. of P. lodge.