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Transcribed from:  The History of Florida:  Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. 
III, page 101, 1923.

BLOMGREN, AUGUST R. One of the reliable and successful younger practitioners of the Tampa
bar, AUGUST R. BLOMGREN is junior member of the law firm of Pinkerton & Blomgren. He is a
man of firm convictions and settled purpose, practical in his aims, whether as attorney or
man, and is, therefore, advancing steadily to a substantial professional position. His
success has been self-achieved and in his rise he has overcome a number of discouraging

Mr. BLOMGREN was born at Stockholm, Sweden, November 13, 1881, and is a son of FRANCIS
E. and E. G. BLOMGREN. He was eleven years of age when he was brought by his parents to
the United States, where the youth completed a public school education that had been started
in his native land. His boyhood home was at New Haven, Connecticut, and after he had
completed his training in the public school he served his apprenticeship to the trade of
printer, a vocation which he followed for some years in various parts of the country. It
was in connection with this vocation that he came to Tampa to accept a position, arriving
in this city in November, 1903. It has since been his home and the scene of his success.
From young manhood Mr. BLOMGREN had desired to enter the legal profession, but his finances
were not such as to permit of his taking a course in a law school. However, he applied
himself assiduously to the study of law whenever his leisure would permit, and finally,
aided by a correspondence course in a Chicago Law School, he was able to achieve his ambition,
being admitted to the Tampa bar in October, 1918. For a time he practiced alone, but
July 1, 1919, formed a partnership with ARTHUR R. PINKERTON, and the firm of Pinkerton &
Blomgren has made rapid strides toward leadership in their calling. They carry on a general
practice, being equally at home in all departments of the law, and the concern is now the
representative of a number of leading Tampa firms.

Mr. BLOMGREN belongs to the various organizations of his calling and has a number of business
connections, among others being secretary and treasurer of the Gateway Development Company
of Tampa. He still maintains his membership in the Typographical Union, and is now the second
oldest member of that body. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Knights of Malta, the
Knights of Pythias, the Knights of the Golden Eagle and the Masons, and in the latter is a
Knight Templar and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. Politically he is a democrat, but has
taken no active part in political matters.

In 1902 Mr. BLOMGREN married Miss HILMA MARIA ANDERSON, who was born in Sweden, a daughter
of A. P. JAENSON. They are the parents of one son, FREDERICK VILHELM.
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