William Amory Underhill


Died aged c. 89

William Amory Underhill, born in 1910, received his law degree from Stetson University and served from 1940 to 1942 as a Volusia County prosecuting attorney. During World War II, he was a special attorney for the U.S. Justice Department in Washington. He was an assistant U.S. attorney general during the administration of President Harry Truman and a special Washington counsel to the Florida Comptroller. He was a Stetson University Trustee from 1977 to 1986 and a member of the College of Law Board of Overseers for more than 20 years. He was a member of the Bert Fish Foundation and treasurer of Florida House, the first state house in the nation’s capital. He was the founding president and a life member of the DeLand Jaycees and a life member of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce. William Amory Underhill died in 1999.


William Amory Underhill (February 21, 1910 – September 7, 1999) was a public servant, lobbyist, and philanthropist prominent in his native Florida and in Washington, D.C.. After graduating from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida in 1936 with a bachelor's degree in law (LLB), Underhill worked as a local attorney in DeLand until the outbreak of World War II. During World War II, Underhill served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, shepherding prisoners of war across the Atlantic, until 1944 when he was assigned to then-Senator Harry S. Truman, who was campaigning for the Vice Presidency. After Truman assumed the Presidency, and following the end of the war in 1945, Truman named Underhill to lead the National Young Democrats. Following a year in that post, Underhill joined the U.S. Justice Department, working his way up to the Assistant Attorney General level. In 1952, Underhill left the Justice Department to work as a lobbyist, particularly for Florida citrus concerns. In that capacity until his death, Underhill represented citrus growers on numerous issues, including the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In later years, Underhill was well known for his support of numerous charitable causes, including his alma mater Stetson University, St. Leo College, and Florida House in Washington, D.C. Having divided his time between DeLand, Florida and Washington, D.C. for decades, Underhill died at his DeLand home on September 7, 1999 of natural causes.

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William Amory Underhill

William Amory Underhill [full inscription unknown]

Volusia County Courthouse, 120 West Indiana Avenue, DeLand, FL, United States where they was