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COLSON, Hon. James Henry
Author: The History of Florida:  Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923,  Vol.III pg.242

J. H. Colson, M. COLSON, Hon. JAMES HENRY. One of the widely known professional and
public men of Florida is Dr. JAMES HENRY COLSON, a prominent physician and
surgeon at Gainesville, who is serving with marked distinction as a member of
the Upper House of the Florida State Legislature. Senator COLSON was elected
to his office as an exponent of the highest principles of citizenship, and as
a statesman he has fulfilled every promise, still further adding to the
confidence, respect and esteem he already enjoyed in the medical profession.
Senator COLSON was born on a farm in Alachua County, Florida, August
26, 1866, the fourth in a family of seven children born to JOHN G. and SARAH
FRANCES(CONE)COLSON, the latter of whom a native of Georgia, is now deceased.
The father of Doctor COLSON was born in Florida in 1834, and now lives in
comfortable retirement at Lake City in Columbus County, Florida. He is a
Confederate veteran of the war between the states, and served earlier in the
Indian war of 1854-55. During his active years he engaged in agricultural
pursuits in Alachua and Bradford counties.
JAMES HENRY COLSON spent his boyhood on his father’s farm in Bradford
County and attended the district schools. Cherishing a desire to become a
physician, from the age of eighteen years he bent every effort in that
direction. That he was largely dependent upon his own efforts did not
discourage him, and through teaching school and in other ways he was enabled
to complete a high school course at Starke and a normal and business course at
White Springs, and ultimately to enter the College of Physicians and Surgeons,
now the University of Maryland, at Baltimore, Maryland. From this institution
he was graduated in 1896 and entered upon the practice of medicine at Lake
Butler, Florida, removing later to Waldo, where he remained six years.
In 1901 Doctor COLSON was appointed chief surgeon on the Florida State
Hospital for the Insane at Chattahoochee, but in the following year retired
and came to Gainesville, where he has carried on a general practice ever since
and has a substantial and honorable reputation in his profession. At times he
has taken post graduate courses in relation to scientific subjects in which he
is particularly interested, one of these being taken in the Post Graduate
Hospital, Chicago, in 1899, and another of decided value in the Post Graduate
College, New York, in 1912. He has been president of the Alachua County
Medical Society, and is a member also of the Florida state and the Southern
Medical societies , and the American Medical Association. During the World
war Doctor COLSON was a member of the Volunteer Medical Corps. In addition to
his other interests he is a director in the Florida Bank & Trust Company of
Gainesville, one of the leading financial institutions in this section of the
state, which is amply financed and ably officered.
In political life Senator COLSON is a democrat, and for many years has
been prominent in civic affairs at Gainesville. He has repeatedly served on
the city council, and was president of this body when the electric light plant
was installed and the first brick paving laid on Main street. He has always
been a man of progressive ideas, and his election to the State Senate in 1922,
has afforded him a wider field in which to make them operative. He is
particularly interested in the public schools, in increasing and maintaining
good roads, and in the humanitarian operation of state institutions. The
effort of such a statesman can scarcely fail of being of the greatest value to
the general public.
At Savannah, Georgia, on April 30, 1901, Doctor COLSON married Miss
ELOISE WEEKS, a daughter of JAMES S. and CORNELIA (FOX) WEEKS, residents of
Savannah. Mrs. COLSON is prominent in social life at Gainesville, and is
active in church matters and the Twentieth Century Club. Doctor and Mrs.
COLSON have one daughter, CORNELIA LUCILLE, who is attending college at
Tallahassee. Doctor COLSON is a deacon in the Presbyterian church. He
belongs to the Masonic fraternity, and is a member also of the Elks and the
Knights of Pythias, in the latter organization being a past chancellor
commander of Waldo Lodge No. 38, at Waldo, Florida. He is too busy a man to
devote a great deal of time to any kind of recreation, but motoring is the
form in which he finds most enjoyment.

Transcribed by Nancy Rayburn

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