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William H. Gleason

Posted By Christopher Perry, Monday, April 21, 2014

Region 6; #357 
                Water Stone Community Garden. 
                3730 NE 15th st Homestead FL 33033

           I am dedicating the seeds of this flower that I have planted to the innovative man William Henry Gleason.  Born in New York in 1829, he later attended Yale University and became a member of the prestigious Skull and Bones society.  He also the Founder of the Eau Gallie, which is a section of the city of Melbourne, Florida. It was a former independent city but later merged with Melbourne Florida 1969. He later created a land development company with his brother George G. Gleason called Gleason’s brothers in 1899. Not only did they do land development they also created and intercostal shipping company they also managed dry dock facilities and operated steam ships. William Henry Gleason was also a certified licensed pilot and a lawyer.  It is an honor to plant these seeds in remembrance of William Henry Gleason. A man that was way ahead of his time, an innovator that created his own city which later joined with a neighboring city. He also was a many skills by being a licensed pilot at that time in age was a great accomplishment seeing how the art of flying was relatively new and looked at as risky and daring. So to have a license to be a pilot is a great accomplishment. Also at a time were where intercostal trades were not at an all time high he was one of many innovators that did shipping and manages docks. But he also came from a family that had a great deal of significance in the Florida’s growth in agricultural and residential lands in Post civil war times. Please give thanks to such a great innovator and remember him and his family in their courageous and smart idea, which has helped Florida.  I chose this piece of land because he was a land developer. 

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