Franklin DeHaven was born in Bluffton, Indiana in 1856. He studied under George H. Smillie in New York in 1886.
The artist exhibited extensively: the Salmagundi Club, 1900, 1901, 1925; the Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, New York, 1901; the Charlestown Exposition, South Caroline, 1903 (silver medal); the St. Louis Exposition, Missouri, 1904 (silver medal); and the Allied Artists of America, 1930. He also won many prizes and awards, including the Inness Prize and the Vezin Prize.
DeHaven was a member of the National Academy of Design, the National Arts Club, Allied Artists of America and the Salmagundi Club, where he was president from 1926 to 1927. His work is in many private and public collections, including the Brooklyn Institute, the National Gallery, and the Butler Institute of Art.