Park Trammell
(1876-1936)

21st Governor of Florida (1913-1917)

Died aged c. 60

Park Trammell, Florida’s 21st Governor, was born April 9, 1876 in Macon County, Alabama. His family moved to Florida during his infancy. He studied law at Vanderbilt University and at Cumberland University, where he received the LLB degree in 1899. He practiced law in Lakeland, where he was also a citrus grower and newspaper owner/editor. He served two terms as mayor of Lakeland, was elected to the 1903 House of Representatives from Polk County and was president of the 1905 Senate. He was elected attorney general in 1908 and governor in 1912. As governor, he urged the passage of a campaign finance law. Trammell created a state tax commission for the purpose of equalizing property assessments among counties. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1916 and served from March 4, 1917, until his death in Washington, May 8, 1936.

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Park Monroe Trammell (April 9, 1876 – May 8, 1936), an American politician of the Democratic Party, was the 21st Governor of Florida and represented Florida in the United States Senate from 1917 until 1936. Born in Macon County, Alabama, his family relocated to Polk County, Florida, where he received all of his primary education. He attended college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. During the Spanish–American War he served in the quartermasters service in Tampa, Florida. After the war, he returned to Polk County, settling in Lakeland, Florida, and practiced law while becoming a citrus grower and newspaper owner and editor. He was married to Virginia Darby Trammell. He held several elected offices in his life. He was mayor of Lakeland, Florida, from 1899 to 1903, member of the Florida House of Representatives in 1902, state Senator from 1904 to 1908 (serving as Senate president in 1905), Florida Attorney General from 1909 to 1913, and after his term as governor of Florida (January 7, 1913 to January 2, 1917), a United States Senator from March 4, 1917 until his death on May 8, 1936 in Washington, D.C. He is buried in Roselawn Cemetery in Lakeland, Florida.

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Park Trammell [full inscription unknown]

Lakeland Public Library, 100 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland, FL, United States where they was