Herbert J. Drane

Died aged c. 84

Herbert J. Drane was born June 20, 1863 in Simpson County, Kentucky. He attended schools in Louisville and Franklin, Kentucky. He moved to Macon, Georgia in 1881 and to Lakeland—a city he co-founded—in 1883. In Lakeland, he entered the real estate and insurance business, railroad construction and citrus industry. He served as clerk and treasurer for the city and was elected mayor in 1890. He was editor of the newspaper Florida Cracker. He served in both branches of the State Legislature and was elected president of the Senate in 1915. He served as a United States Congressman from 1916 to 1933. From 1933 to 1937 he was a member of the Federal Power Commission in Washington. He returned to Lakeland where he resumed his real estate, insurance, property management and citrus interests until his death, August 11, 1947.


Herbert Jackson Drane (June 20, 1863 – August 11, 1947) was a U.S. Representative from Florida. Born in Franklin, Kentucky, Drane attended the public schools of Louisville, Kentucky, and Brevards Academy at Franklin, Kentucky.He moved to Macon, Georgia, in 1881, and to Lakeland (of which he was one of the founders), Polk County, Florida, in November 1883.He became editor of the local newspaper and also engaged in the real-estate and insurance business, railway construction, and in the growing of citrus fruits.He served as mayor of Lakeland 1888-1892.County commissioner of Polk County 1896-1899.Chief engrossing clerk of the State house of representatives 1889-1901.He served as member of the State house of representatives 1903-1905.He served in the State senate 1913-1917, being its president from 1913 to 1915. Drane was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1917 – March 3, 1933).He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932.He served as member of the Federal Power Commission 1933-1937.He resumed the real estate and insurance businesses, property management, and the growing of citrus fruits.He died in Lakeland, Florida, on August 11, 1947.He was interred in Roselawn Cemetery.

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