Gainesville in Alachua County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
University of Florida
Born in 1878 in Hull, Iowa, Dr. Wilmon Newell was influential in Florida agriculture from his arrival in this state. His bachelor’s, master’s and Doctor of Science degrees were all from Iowa State College, and in 1937 he received a second doctorate from Clemson Agricultural College. In 1915, he moved from Texas to Florida to become the first plant commissioner of the newly created State Plant Board, a post he held for the rest of his life. In 1921, the Florida State Board of Control appointed Dr. Newell as dean of the College of Agriculture and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. In 1938, he became provost for Agriculture at the University of Florida, continuing in that capacity until his death. An entomologist by specially, Dr. Newell authored more than one hundred scientific papers, and organized statewide campaigns against citrus canker and the Mediterranean fruit fly. Following Dr. Newell’s death in Gainesville in 1943, the rebuilt Agricultural Experiment Station memorialized his service to Floridians.
The Agricultural Experiment Station was constructed in 1909. Architect William A. Edwards and builder
This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Erected by University of Florida.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Education.
Location. 29° 38.937′ N, 82° 20.695′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1700 Stadium Road, Gainesville FL 32611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Florida Extension (within shouting distance of this marker); Rolfs Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Jim and Alexis Pugh Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Manning J. Dauer, Jr. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ralph D. Turlington (about 400 feet away); Turlington Rock, 1984 (about 400 feet away); University Infirmary (about 400 feet away); Robert Marston Science Library (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
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