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John W. CONE

Author: The History of Florida:  Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923,  Vol. II pg.45

CONE, JOHN W., attorney-at-law and United States commissioner at
Tampa, is one of the ablest men practicing at the bar of Hillsborough County,
and a citizen whose standing reflects credit alike upon himself and his
calling. Mr. CONE is a man who inherits from his parents a rugged and honest
character, and has decisive notions about the duties of a citizen. He is
plain in his tastes, honest in his beliefs, modest in his ambitions, and
decidedly practical in all of his methods. In his office he meets with a
cordial approval of his methods and of his public career. Not only does he
possess the commendation of the people of his own district, but from those
throughout the state, and this condition of public attitude is gratifying and
well merited. In everything he undertakes he is capable, honest and
industrious, it being his motive to serve well and acceptably, and to do his
duty has always been his paramount purpose. By his industry and his close
attention to his official duties since his appointment he has become
recognized as one of the most useful men in the employ of the Government, and
by reason of his ability, sound judgment and fearlessness he is making a
record for himself and his office which will ever stand to his credit.
The birth of JOHN W. CONE occurred at White Springs, Hamilton,
Florida, September 23, 1889, and he is a son of Capt. C. F. and JOSIE L.
(QUARTERMAN) CONE, natives of Bulloch and Liberty counties, Georgia,
respectively, who came to Florida in 1839. C. F. CONE was a captain in the
war with the Seminole Indians, and held the same rank in the war of the ‘60s.
He is still living, although now eighty-eight years of age, and is one of the
oldest living settlers of Florida. For many years he has been a planter of
White Springs. His wife is also living. They had five children, of whom John
W. is the fourth in order of birth.
Growing up at White Springs, JOHN W. CONE attended its schools, a
military school and the University of Virginia. Reading law, he was admitted
to the bar in 1914, and came to Tampa that same year and began the practice of
his profession. In August, 1917, he entered the army for service during the
World war, and following his honorable discharge, in 1918, he returned to
Tampa and resumed his practice, In June, 1920, he was made United States
commissioner at Tampa, and, as above stated, is rendering an excellent account
of himself in this important office.
In June, 1917, Mr. CONE married JULIET GRAVES, a daughter of C. A. and
LIZZIE (KIRKPATRICK) GRAVES, the former of whom is professor of law in the
University of Virginia. Mr. CONE is a democrat, and very prominent in local

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