Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
John T. Lesley Home
Delegate and Second Vice President of the Florida Constitutional Convention (1885); and Mayor of the Town of Fort Brooke for most of the community's life from 1888 until its annexation by Tampa in 1907. He also played key roles in the creation of Ybor City; the establishment of the city's first waterworks and electric streetcar service; and the coming of the first railroad into the Tampa Bay area. At the height of his powers in 1887 he was called by the Tampa Journal "a man of great influence, (who) exerts today more power in the State Legislature than our present Representatives, the Board of Trade and the whole town of Tampa." On his death in 1913 the Tampa Daily Times noted that "He was a part of Tampa, and a big part, from the city's infancy ... His death marks the breaking of the final link that service the past and its traditions from the present and its hopes, and many tears have been shed because of the breaking of the bond."His name lives on today in the John T. Lesley Camp No. 1282, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Erected 1996 by Tampa Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Government & Politics • Settlements & Settlers War, US Civil • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series list.
Location. 27° 56.987′ N, 82° 27.178′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on East Street, on the right when traveling north. Located between E Kennedy Blvd (US 41) and E Twiggs Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 407 East Street, Tampa FL 33602, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Orange Grove Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Hillsborough County's Confederate Monument (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Fitzgerald Kennedy (about 500 feet away); Memoria In Aeterna, 1911 (about 600 feet away); War Memorial (about 600 feet away); Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial I (about 800 feet away); Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial II (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1851 † 1891 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
Regarding John T. Lesley Home. He was a captain in the "Cow Calvary," Floridians who herded cattle north through Florida to reach hungry Confederate soldiers. After the war he kept raising cattle,
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. "Cow Calvary"
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 5, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 849 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 5, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 6. submitted on February 17, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.