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GARDEN 114 John Gorrie, Physician, Inventor

Posted By Gabrielle Wood, Monday, November 18, 2013

John Gorrie, Physician, Inventor

(1803–1855)

Dr. Gorrie worked in Apalachicola. During outbreaks of yellow fever he sought a way to ease his patients’ suffering by inventing an ice-making machine to cool the air in the room. Many years later, his invention helped to pave the way for modern air conditioning. Gorrie is one of two Floridians honored with a statue in the U.S. Capitol building.



 

Springwood Elementary School
3801 Fred George Road 
Tallahassee, FL  


100 fourth graders at Springwood Elementary School participated in our dedication ceremony. We recited original poetry, planted seeds and flowers, sang Happy Birthday to Florida, and listened while a student's biography about John Gorrie was read aloud. Mrs. Rodriguez spoke about the discovery of Florida by Juan Ponce de Leon and his crew, and about some of the reasons why Florida is such a great state. A local news crew came out and covered the story. Afterwards, we enjoyed snacking on carrot and celery sticks and cookies.
 
Photo 1: 
Springwood Elementary School's Mrs. Cindy Rodriguez and her 4th Grade students planting their FLOR500 Garden dedicated to Region 2 Historic Figure -John Gorrie. Students planted Coreopsis, Stokes Aster, Indian Blanket Flower.
 
Photo 2:
Springwood Elementary School's Mrs. Cindy Rodriguez and her 4th Grade students wishing Florida a Happy 500th Birthday!  Students planted Coreopsis, Stokes Aster, Indian Blanket Flower.
 
Photo 3:
Portrait of John Gorrie by Charles Foster PD, Florida State Archives

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