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Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.
II, page 162, 1923.
BOTTS, FRED is a native of Florida, is a former assistant United States district attorney,
and is now successfully established in the general practice of law at Miami.
He was born at Eldridge in Volusia County, December 20, 1885, son of A. O. and CANDACE
(CLAYBORNE) BOTTS. His parents were natives of Illinois and his father was an orange grower.
FRED BOTTS grew up on his father's plantation, finished his grammar school education in
Volusia County, and then entered the John B. Stetson University at DeLand. He was graduated
Bachelor of Science in 1908, and received his law degree from the College of Law in 1909.
He remained at DeLand two years as an instructor in the Law School, and then for two years
practiced at Jacksonville. Following this came his appointment and his service for seven
years as assistant United States district attorney for the Southern District.
July 1, 1920, having removed to Miami, he established himself in his professional work in
that city, and handles a general practice in the various State and Federal courts. His
thorough education for the law, his wide experience both in practice and in handling the
business of the Federal courts, have qualified him for distinct achievements, and though
one of the younger members of the bar, he is regarded as one of the leaders in his profession
Mr. BOTTS is an elder in the First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Kiwanis Club.
He married Miss EDWINA ROWE of Owensboro, Kentucky.
Transcribed by Nancy Rayburn
©2010 Fran Smith
This page presented August 14, 2010