FLOR500, Garden 107 Francis Eppes, Civic Leader (1801–1881) Francis Eppes, the grandson of Thomas Jefferson, moved from Virginia to Florida in the late 1820s, and settled in Leon County. He became involved in community affairs, served as a justice of the peace, and as intendant (mayor) of Tallahassee. He and other civic leaders pushed for an institution of higher learning in Tallahassee. Their effort resulted in the opening in 1857 of a school for boys. The school eventually evolved into Florida State University.
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Francis Eppes, Civic Leader

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Francis Eppes, Civic Leader

(1801–1881)

Francis Eppes, the grandson of Thomas Jefferson, moved from Virginia to Florida in the late 1820s, and settled in Leon County. He became involved in community affairs, served as a justice of the peace, and as intendant (mayor) of Tallahassee. He and other civic leaders pushed for an institution of higher learning in Tallahassee. Their effort resulted in the opening in 1857 of a school for boys. The school eventually evolved into Florida State University. 





 




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