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Herbert Jackson DRANE

(1863-1947)

DRANE, Herbert Jackson, a Representative from Florida; born in Franklin, Simpson County, Ky., June 20, 1863; attended the public schools of Louisville, Ky., and Brevards Academy at Franklin, Ky.; moved to Macon, Ga., in 1881, and to Lakeland (of which he was one of the founders), Polk County, Fla., in November 1883; engaged in the real-estate and insurance business, railway construction, and in the growing of citrus fruits; mayor of Lakeland 1888-1892; county commissioner of Polk County 1896-1899; chief engrossing clerk of the State house of representatives 1889-1901; member of the State house of representatives 1903-1905; served in the State senate 1913-1917, being its president from 1913 to 1915; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1917-March 3, 1933); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932; member of the Federal Power Commission 1933-1937; resumed the real estate and insurance businesses, property management, and the growing of citrus fruits; died in Lakeland, Fla., on August 11, 1947; interment in Roselawn Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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