FLOR500, Garden 221 George Henry Gause, Politician (1920–1986) George Gause attended Florida A&M University and returned home to work in the family business. In 1968, he was overwhelmingly elected to become the first African American to hold city office in Bartow’s history, and the first in Florida since Reconstruction. He served as Bartow’s mayor twice during his two terms. In 1977, Gause also became the first black elected to countywide office in Polk, winning a seat on the Polk County School Board in 1977.
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George Henry Gause, Politician 

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George Henry Gause, Politician

(1920–1986)

George Gause attended Florida A&M University and returned home to work in the family business. In 1968, he was overwhelmingly elected to become the first African American to hold city office in Bartow’s history, and the first in Florida since Reconstruction. He served as Bartow’s mayor twice during his two terms. In 1977, Gause also became the first black elected to countywide office in Polk, winning a seat on the Polk County School Board in 1977.





 




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