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College and University President Politicians in Florida

  William Franklin Anderson (1860-1944) — also known as William F. Anderson — of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn.; Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio; Boston, Suffolk County, Mass.; Winter Park, Orange County, Fla. Born near Morgantown, Monongalia County, Va. (now W.Va.), April 22, 1860. Republican. Minister; Methodist bishop of Chattanooga, Tenn., 1908-12, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1912-24, and Boston, Mass., 1924-32; offered prayer, Republican National Convention, 1924 ; acting president, Boston University, 1925-26. Methodist. Member, Delta Tau Delta; Phi Beta Kappa; Freemasons. Died in Buzzards Bay, Bourne, Barnstable County, Mass., July 22, 1944 (age 84 years, 91 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Anderson and Elizabeth (Coombs) Anderson; married, June 9, 1887, to Jennie Lulah Ketcham.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Archibald James Carey (1868-1931) — also known as Archibald J. Carey — of Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla.; Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in slavery, in Georgia, August 25, 1868. Republican. School teacher and principal; president, Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Fla., 1895; minister; bishop; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention 3rd District, 1920-22; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1924; member, Chicago Civil Service Commission, 1927-29; indicted in 1929 on charges of accepting bribes from job applicants; the case never came to trial. African Methodist Episcopal. African ancestry. Died, from heart disease, in Billings Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Cook County, Ill., March 23, 1931 (age 62 years, 210 days). Interment at Lincoln Cemetery, Blue Island, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Ann Carey and Jefferson Alexander Carey; married to Elizabeth D. Davis; father of Archibald James Carey Jr..
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Betty Castor (b. 1941) — of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Fla. Born in Glassboro, Gloucester County, N.J., May 11, 1941. Democrat. Member of Florida state senate, 1977-78, 1983-86 (23rd District 1977-78, 21st District 1983-86); candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Florida, 1978; Florida Commissioner of Education, 1986; President of of the University of South Florida, 1994; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2004; candidate for U.S. Senator from Florida, 2004. Female. Lutheran. Member, League of Women Voters; American Association of University Women; Sierra Club. Inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame, 1996. Still living as of 2004.
  Relatives: Daughter of Joseph L. Bowe and Gladys Wright Bowe; married to Samuel P. Bell III.
Fred P. Corson Fred Pierce Corson (1896-1985) — also known as Fred P. Corson — of Jackson Heights, Queens, Queens County, N.Y.; New Haven, New Haven County, Conn.; Port Washington, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y.; Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pa.; Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa.; Cornwall, Lebanon County, Pa. Born in Millville, Cumberland County, N.J., April 11, 1896. Methodist minister; president, Dickinson College, 1934-44; Methodist Bishop of Philadelphia, 1944-68; offered prayer, Republican National Convention, 1948, 1952; offered prayer, Democratic National Convention, 1948. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Union League; Rotary; Kappa Sigma; Omicron Delta Kappa; Tau Kappa Alpha; Phi Beta Kappa. Died, from a cerebral hemorrhage after a fall, in St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Fla., February 16, 1985 (age 88 years, 311 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Jeremiah Corson and Mary (Payne) Corson; married 1922 to Frances Blount Beaman.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: Dickinson College
  John Adrian Delaney (b. 1956) — also known as John Delaney — of Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla. Born in Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., June 29, 1956. Republican. Mayor of Jacksonville, Fla., 1995-2003; president, University of North Florida. Catholic. Still living as of 2014.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Julius Daniel Dreher (1846-1937) — also known as Julius D. Dreher — of Salem, Va. Born in Lexington, Lexington County, S.C., October 28, 1846. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; president, Roanoke College, 1878-1903; U.S. Consul in Tahiti, 1906-10; Port Antonio, 1910-13; Toronto, 1913-15; Colón, 1915-24. Died in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Fla., October 9, 1937 (age 90 years, 346 days). Interment at East Hill Cemetery, Salem, Va.
  Relatives: Son of John J. Dreher and Martha E. (Counts) Dreher; married 1906 to Emiline Kirtland Richmond.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Andrew Gregg (1877-1953) — of Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla.; Wilberforce, Greene County, Ohio; Kansas City, Jackson County, Mo. Born in Eureka, Greenwood County, Kan., February 18, 1877. Republican. Pastor; missionary; president, Edward Waters College, 1913-20; president, Wilberforce University, 1920-24; bishop; offered prayer, Republican National Convention, 1940. African Methodist Episcopal. African ancestry. Member, NAACP. Died in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla., February 17, 1953 (age 75 years, 365 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Kan.
  Relatives: Son of Alexander Gregg and Eliza Frances (Allen) Gregg; married, August 21, 1900, to Celia Ann Nelson.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Stephen Cornelius O'Connell (1916-2001) — also known as Stephen C. O'Connell — of Florida. Born in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Fla., January 22, 1916. Major in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; justice of Florida state supreme court, 1955-67; appointed 1955; chief justice of Florida state supreme court, 1966-67; first Catholic to win a statewide election in Florida, 1956; president, University of Florida, 1967-73. Catholic. Died, of cancer, in Tallahassee, Leon County, Fla., April 13, 2001 (age 85 years, 81 days). Burial location unknown.
  The O'Connell Center sports arena, at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, is named for him.
  Willis Lucullus Palmer (1854-1912) — also known as W. L. Palmer — of Orlando, Orange County, Fla. Born December 13, 1854. Lawyer; president, Hamilton College; mayor of Orlando, Fla., 1891-93. Died October 30, 1912 (age 57 years, 322 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando, Fla.
  Relatives: Son of Jesse Alexander Palmer and Emily Geary (Cotton) Palmer; married to Martha Bayne McAlister.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Donna Edna Shalala (b. 1941) — also known as Donna E. Shalala — of Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Fla. Born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, February 14, 1941. Democrat. Served in the Peace Corps; university professor; president, Hunter College, City University of New York, 1980-88; chancellor, University of Wisconsin, 1988-92; U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, 1993-2001; president, University of Miami, 2001-15; U.S. Representative from Florida 27th District, 2019-. Female. Lebanese ancestry. Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Trilateral Commission; American Federation of Teachers. Inducted, National Women's Hall of Fame, 2011. Still living as of 2019.
  Relatives: Daughter of Joseph Abraham Shalala and Edna (Smith) Shalala.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — National Women's Hall of Fame
  Adonijah Strong Welch (1821-1889) — also known as Adonijah S. Welch — of Jonesville, Hillsdale County, Mich.; Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Mich.; Pensacola, Escambia County, Fla.; Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla.; Ames, Story County, Iowa. Born in East Hampton, Middlesex County, Conn., April 12, 1821. Republican. First principal, in 1851-65, of the Michigan State Normal School in Ypsilanti, Mich. (later Eastern Michigan University); member of Michigan state board of agriculture, 1863-66; established a lumber mill at Jacksonville, Fla.; U.S. Senator from Florida, 1868-69; first president, in 1869-83, of the Iowa Agricultural College in Ames, Iowa (later Iowa State University); college professor; author. Died in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Calif., March 14, 1889 (age 67 years, 336 days). Interment at Iowa State College Cemetery, Ames, Iowa.
  Welch Hall (built 1896), at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
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