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ABERCROMBIE, JAMES E., the popular harbormaster of the port of Pensacola, has held this
office since 1895, and was associated with the service for a number of years prior to that

Mr. ABERCROMBIE claims the Empire State of the South as the place of his nativity, his birth
having occurred near Columbus, Georgia, on the 3rd of April, 1854. His father, Hon. JAMES
ABERCROMBIE, became one of the prominent and influential citizens of Florida, which state
he represented a number of terms in the United States Senate. He was a progressive exponent
of agricultural industry in this state and was identified also with early lumbering operations
as the owner and operator of saw mills. Of the eleven children only two are now living,
JAMES E.., of this sketch, and Mrs. LULU PIERCE, who lives in the City of New York.

JAMES E. ABERCROMBIE gained his early education in the schools of Florida, and thereafter
he continued his association with his father's saw-mill operations until he was nearly twenty-one
years of age, his compensation during the greater part of this period of service having been
only 50 cents a day. He next found employment under the harbormaster at Pensacola, the
office of the harbormaster having been not far distant from that now occupied by the present
incumbent, on South Palafox Street. In the passing years Mr. ABERCROMBIE gained thorough
knowledge of all duties pertaining to the office of harbormaster, and thus he was admirably
qualified when he individually was called upon to assume this important office in connection
with the navigation interests centered at Pensacola. He is widely and favorably known in
navigation circles, and in his home city his circle of friends is limited only by that of
his acquaintances. He has been punctilious in his administration as harbormaster, and has
brought the service of his office up to a high standard of efficiency. Mr. ABERCROMBIE has
been twice married, two children having been born of the first union and three of the second
marriage. He has given to all of the children the best possible educational advantages, and
they have profited fully by the same.

Transcribed by Nancy Rayburn

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