FLOR500, Garden 412 John Hamilton Gillespie, Developer, Civic Leader (1852–1923) John Hamilton Gillespie was active in all aspects of the development of Sarasota. He was the only attorney and real estate agent until after 1900. He served as a justice of the peace. After the town was incorporated on October 14, 1902, he became its first mayor and served six one-year terms as mayor. John Hamilton Gillespie is considered the “father of golf in Florida.”
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John Hamilton Gillespie, Developer, Civic Leader

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John Hamilton Gillespie, Developer, Civic Leader

(1852–1923)

John Hamilton Gillespie was active in all aspects of the development of Sarasota. He was the only attorney and real estate agent until after 1900. He served as a justice of the peace. After the town was incorporated on October 14, 1902, he became its first mayor and served six one-year terms as mayor. John Hamilton Gillespie is considered the "father of golf in Florida.” 



 




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