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Great Floridians 2000

Henry Morrison Flagler

(1830-1913)

Henry M. Flagler, industrialist, oil magnate, land developer and railroad pioneer, was the single most pivotal figure in Florida’s development. His remarkable vision helped to create America’s largest company and to raise cities out of a wilderness on Florida’s East Coast. The construction of the Hotel Ponce de Leon in St. Augustine, the development of the City of West Palm Beach and the establishment of the Florida East Coast Railway are among Flagler’s many achievements.

Born in Hopewell, New York in 1830, Flagler moved to Ohio as a young man and earned his fortune in the grain business. Following business reverses during the Civil War, he entered into a partnership with John D. Rockefeller and Samuel Andrews to found the Standard Oil Company. In 1885, Flagler turned his attention to the sparsely populated and largely undeveloped State of Florida. He came to St. Augustine and met Dr. Andrew Anderson, who became his close friend and business associate. With Dr. Anderson’s help, Flagler constructed the Hotel Ponce de Leon that opened the modern era in the nation’s city.

Flagler expanded his activities beyond St. Augustine and invested $60 million of his fortune in the development of Florida’s East Coast. First through his hotels, then through his railroads and the land purchases that accompanied them, he transformed tiny existing towns on the Atlantic coast and created new ones, notably West Palm Beach and Miami. He played a central role in fostering tourism in the state and he crowned his career by building the Florida East Coast Railway across the open sea to Key West.

In addition to his coastal railroad and hotels, Flagler also financed vast agricultural enterprises and founded what is today the Florida Power and Light Company. The east coast of Florida owes its rapid development to the pioneering work of Flagler, and his record of philanthropy and public spiritedness remains unmatched in the state’s history.

Marker location
On the base of the Flagler statue at the entrance to Flagler College, 74 King Street

Web site for Flagler College
http://www.flagler.edu

 

 

 

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