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Great Floridians 2000

Verle A. Pope

(1903 - 1973)

Verle Allyn Pope, fifty-first President of the Florida Senate, was born in Jacksonville, Florida on December 12, 1903. He was the son of Artemus and Cora Carlton Pope, the first deaf students to be graduated from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind of St. Augustine. The family lived in St. Augustine and he spent most of his life in St. Augustine where he became a successful businessman and one of St. Johns County’s largest landowners. In 1928 he joined the U.S. Air Corps but was forced by a prior football injury to leave the service.

He first entered politics in 1934 as a candidate for the St. Johns County Commission, which he won by a scant 26 votes. He won a seat in the Florida House of Representatives in 1942, but resigned to enter the U.S. Army following a long-standing application. While serving in Europe, he received a Croix de Guerre for heroism from the French government, an award usually reserved for French citizens. He returned to St. Augustine in 1945 and, because the seat he won in 1942 was occupied by a friend, he waited until 1948 to seek and win a seat to the Florida Senate. He served as Senate President from 1966-1968.

Senator Pope was known as the "Lion of St. Johns" because of his flowing white hair and roaring oratory. It was said the he "was known as much for his ability to kill a bad bill as for his support of a good one." He is credited with and gained state fame as a leader of the forces that broke the rural hold on the Legislature.

Among the major legislative achievements attributed to his influence was the Constitutional revision of 1968, the establishment of the community college system, the creation of the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board and many advancements and progress at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. He donated some 40 acres of land as the site for the St. Augustine Technical School and he made considerable donations to historic preservation in St. Augustine in memory of his wife, Edith Taylor Pope.

In 1972, because of his failing health, he declined to seek reelection. He passed away at his home in St. Augustine on July 18, 1973. His life was commemorated by Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 662 where many legislators, business associates and friends recounted his many remarkable and admirable qualities.

Marker location
Verle A. Pope Memorial Complex, Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, 207 N. San Marco Ave.

Web site for the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind



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