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John R. Mott House Site

 
 
John R. Mott House Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 8, 2017
1. John R. Mott House Site Marker
Inscription.

Built in 1920, the former house at 528 E. Washington Street was once home to Nobel Peace Prize winner John Raleigh Mott (1869-1955). As general secretary of the National War Work Council, a World War I era Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) program, Mott received the Distinguished Service Medal for his relief work for prisoners of war. Mott served as general secretary of the YMCA International Committee from 1915-1928 and president of the YMCA World Committee from 1926-1937. As a leader of many civic and Christian organizations, he traveled abroad and delivered thousands of speeches. He averaged 34 days a year on the ocean for 50 years and crossed the Atlantic over 100 times and the Pacific 14 times. Known to travel plainly, he refused a ticket on the Titanic to sail instead on a less extravagant ship. Mott received honorary degrees from six universities including Yale, Edinburgh, Princeton, and Brown. His numerous international honors, awards, and designations included recognition from China, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Siam, Sweden, and the United States. Mott was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946 for his humanitarian work.
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John Mott retired to Orlando
John R. Mott House Site Marker reverse image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 8, 2017
2. John R. Mott House Site Marker reverse
in 1938 and bought the one-story bungalow at this site. Over the course of his career, Mott wrote sixteen books and delivered thousands of speeches. During his retirement, he compiled volumes of his speeches, letters, and papers. The compilations included correspondence with prominent American and International philanthropists and political and religious leaders. In 1952, Mott’s wife Lelia White died. They had married in 1891 and had four children. After her death, Mott married Agnes Peter, a descendant of Martha Washington. Following his death in Orlando on January 31, 1955, Mott’s family donated his collected works to the Yale Divinity School Library where it fills 230 archival boxes that occupy 95 linear feet of shelf space. These papers provide information and insight regarding individuals and religious movements from 1880-1955. The bungalow Mott lived in was demolished in 2013 to provide additional space for Lake Eola Park. John Mott was interred in St. Joseph’s Chapel of the Washington National Cathedral. He remains locally and internationally renowned for his accomplishments and leadership.
 
Erected 2016 by Oscar J. Nollet Family, Commissioner Patty Sheehan, the Van Dusen-Wheeler Family and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-932.)
 
Location. 28° 32.609′ 
John R. Mott House Site Marker and surrounding area image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 8, 2017
3. John R. Mott House Site Marker and surrounding area
N, 81° 22.2′ W. Marker is in Orlando, Florida, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of North Eola Drive and East Washington Street, on the right when traveling south on North Eola Drive. Touch for map. Marker is on the eastern side of Lake Eola Park. Marker is in this post office area: Orlando FL 32801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Orlando Reeves (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Lest We Forget" (about 300 feet away); J. P. Musselwhite & Family (about 600 feet away); Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge (about 700 feet away); Mathew Robinson Marks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cathedral Church of Saint Luke (approx. half a mile away); H. H. Dickson Azalea Park / Washington Street Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orlando.
 
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Former location of the John R. Mott House image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 8, 2017
4. Former location of the John R. Mott House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 8, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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