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CLARKSON, Theodore H.

Author: The History of Florida:  Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923,  Vol. III pg.168

CLARKSON, THEODORE H., still a young man, during the fifteen years
that he has been engaged in business here he has displayed mature judgment and
clear foresight, and while earning his own livelihood he has contributed
partly to the development of Jacksonville and its environs in the settlement
and sale of subdivision property in the northerly suburbs and outskirts.
Mr. CLARKSON is but another example of the fact that native sons are
present to carry on the work of their fathers and pioneer grandfathers. He
was born at Jacksonville, April 9, 1887, and is a son of WALTER B. CLARKSON, a
native of the State of Virginia. The father, a man of excellent education and
highly developed intellectual gifts, came to Florida in 1881 and engaged in
the profession of teaching, which he followed at both St. Augustine and
Jacksonville. For a time he, WALTER B. CLARKSON, took up the study of law,
and in 1898 was admitted to the bar. He then took up the practice of his
calling, which he followed with some success for a period of eleven years,
attaining a recognized place at the bar and an eminent reputation. WALTER B.
CLARKSON’s death occurred in 1910, at which time Jacksonville lost a citizen
who had been upright, honorable and public-spirited and who had contributed
through his influence to the welfare of the city. During the career of WALTER
B. CLARKSON his fellow-citizens expressed their faith in him by choosing him
as the incumbent of a number of offices, among them member of the City
Council, member of the Board of Trustees of the Free Public Library and member
of the Duval County School Board, and in all of these capacities he discharged
his duties in an entirely capable and conscientious manner. He was a church
man and lived his faith. WALTER B. CLARKSON was twice married, his first wife
being Miss LEAH HARTRIDGE, who died in 1888, leaving two children. THEODORE
H. and ANNIE. By a later marriage Mr. CLARKSON became the father of one child.
THEODORE H. CLARKSON received much of his early educational training
under the preceptorship of his accomplished father; and for two years was
under the tutelage of private teachers, and also attended the public schools
for a period of about 4 years. As a lad, in order to have pocket money and
also to work off excess energy, he sold and delivered newspapers on the
streets of Jacksonville. He began to take part in small real estate deals
when still a youth, and in 1908 embarked in this business as his regular line
of endeavor. Mr. CLARKSON devotes himself to his business. He is a member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is unmarried.

Transcribed by Nancy Rayburn

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