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Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Joseph E. Lee

Joseph E. Lee Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, May 1993
1. Joseph E. Lee Marker Side 1
Inscription.  (side 1)
Joseph E. Lee, one of Florida's most distinguished adopted sons, was born in Philadelphia in 1849. Shortly after obtaining a law degree from Howard University in 1873, Lee began to practice in Florida as Jacksonville's first black lawyer. Joseph Lee's achievements ranged over several aspects of public life. In 1874, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, serving as a member of that body for six years before being elected to the State Senate in 1880 for one term. The Republican party nominated Lee as a delegate to the Florida Constitutional Convention of 1885. In 1888, he was elected Municipal Judge of Jacksonville, defeating two
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white candidates for the post. As a political leader and statesman, Lee's abilities were respected on the local, county, and state levels. He was a major force in the Republican Party of Florida for several decades. His leadership was recognized by national party figures as well. Lee received federal appointments as Customs Collector for the
Joseph E. Lee Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 31, 1903
2. Joseph E. Lee Marker Side 2
Port of St. Johns (1890-94, 1897-98) and as Collector of Internal Revenue (1898-1913). At the time of his death in 1920, he was a delegate to the upcoming national Republican convention. In addition to his wide political activities, Joseph E. Lee was also a leader in the religious and educational life of Jacksonville.
Erected 1975 by Citizens for Community Action in cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number F-234.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 30° 21.244′ N, 81° 38.195′ W. Marker was in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker was at the intersection of East 17th Street and Haines Street, on the right when traveling east on East 17th Street. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 1424 East 17th Street, Jacksonville FL 32206, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. "Mother" Midway A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Confederate Torpedo Boat David (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Mungen House (approx. 1 miles away); Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Monument to Women of the Southern Confederacy
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By Florida Memory
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(approx. 1.7 miles away); 1914 United Confederate Veterans Reunion (approx. 1.7 miles away); Camp Site of the Forty-Ninth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry (approx. 1.7 miles away); Florida's First African-American Insurance Company (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
Also see . . .  Joseph E. Lee. (Submitted on February 5, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 5, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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