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CARROLL, Hon. Frank X.

Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. III, page 51, 1923.

CARROLL, Hon. FRANK X. Instances are numerous in the history of Florida
of men who have worked their own way to positions of prominence from small
beginnings, their careers furnishing interesting chapters in the story of the
state’s development. Various have been the avenues through which they have won
their way upward. Some have found business activities the proper path, others,
the professions, and still others have attained the goal sought through the
medium of public service and political life. In the last-named class stands
Hon. FRANK X. CARROLL, representative from Escambia County in the Florida
Legislature, a self-made man in all that the term implies, and whose present
position has been fairly won in the face of intense opposition.
Mr. CARROLL was born August 7, 1865, at Mobile, Alabama, one of the two
children, of whom he is the only survivor, of HENRY CARROLL. HENRY CARROLL was
born in Ireland, whence he immigrated to the United States as a young man,
settling first at Baltimore, Maryland, and then, in 1853, going to Mobile,
Alabama. He followed the vocation of navigator until enlisting in the
Confederate Army during the war between the states, when he served as a member
of the Twenty-third Regiment, Alabama Volunteers Infantry. He was killed while
in the service in 1864.
FRANK X. CARROLL attended the Barton Academy and Richardson Institute at
Mobile, Alabama and at the age of eighteen years adopted the trade of
blacksmith, a vocation which he followed for some thirty years, both at Mobile
and Pensacola. In 1913 he was appointed license inspector and inspector of
weights and measures for the City of Pensacola. At this time he gave up
blacksmithing to turn his attention to civic matters. In 1920 he became the
candidate of his party for the office of representative from Escambia County in
the Florida State Legislature, to which he was duly elected, and in which he
made a splendid record. In June, 1922, he was reelected to serve the people
for the second term. Mr. CARROLL has been one of the most active workers in
the ranks of the democratic party for many years, and wields a strong influence
therein. He holds membership in the Chamber of Commerce, is a director in the
Carnival Association and other bodies, and is a member of the Woodmen of the
World, in which he has numerous friends, as he has also in business and
political circles.
When twenty years of age, in 1883, Mr. CARROLL was united in marriage at
Pensacola with Miss SARAH DWYER, of Mobile, Alabama, whose parents were natives
of Dublin, Ireland. Mrs. CARROLL passed away November 1, 1918. To this union
there were born eleven children, of whom four daughters and two sons are
living: JOHN, HELENA, RUTH, MARY, FRANK, and VERA. All of the children have
had liberal educational advantages.

Transcribed by Nancy Rayburn

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