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Fletcher, Duncan Upshaw (1859-1936)

Duncan Upshaw Fletcher (also known as Duncan U. Fletcher) of Jacksonville, Fla. was born near Americus in Sumter County, Ga. on January 6, 1859, but later moved with his family to Monroe County, Ga. He later attended the Gordon Military Institute, Barnesville, Ga. He also graduated from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., in 1880 and studied law there. He was dmitted to the Florida Bar in 1881 and practiced in Jacksonville, Fla. Among his many accomplishments, he was elected as a Democrat member of Florida state legislature in 1893 and he served as mayor of Jacksonville, Fla., from 1893 to 1895, and again from 1901 through 1903. He was elected U.S. Senator from Florida in 1909 and served through 1936 where he died in office. He as a Unitarian and a member of the Freemasons. He died in 1936 and is buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Jacksonville, Fla.

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