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CHENEY, John Moses

Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923, Vol. III pg. 276

John Moses Cheney photo CHENEY, JOHN MOSES for a third of a century was one of the prominent
lawyers and men of affairs of Florida. He enjoyed a high position in the bar
of Orlando, and his name was known all over the state as one of the ablest
leaders of the republican party in Florida.
He was born at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 6, 1859, son of JOSEPH
YOUNG and JULIETTE (McNAB) CHENEY. He was liberally educated, attending some
of the best schools of New England. He graduated from New Hampton Literary
Institute in New Hampshire in 1881, and in 1885 received the L.L B. degree
from Boston University. He was admitted in 1885 by the Massachusetts Supreme
Court, soon afterward came to Florida, and in 1886 established his law office
at Orlando. He practiced law there and looked after the varied interests of
an important man of affairs until his death on June 2, 1922.
Judge CHENEY was supervisor of the United States census for the Second
District of Florida in 1900, and in that year and again in 1904 was republican
candidate for Congress to represent the Second District. In 1906 he was
appointed United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and
held that office until August, 1912, when he was appointed United States
district judge for the same district. Under the appointment he performed the
duties of the bench until March 4, 1913, when with the advent of the
democratic administration the Senate refused to confirm him and four other
republicans appointed to district judgeships. Judge CHENEY was republican
candidate for governor in 1908, and in 1920, was candidate for the United
States Senate. He fully deserved all these many honors from his party, and
was admirably qualified for every office in the state.
Judge CHENEY did more than practice law at Orlando. He was a
constructive citizen in every sense, and he organized and was the principal
owner of the Orlando Water and Light Company. He was a Unitarian by faith,
was a past master and high priest in the Masonic Order and a member of the
November 23, 1886, he married ELIZABETH ALEXANDER, of Bristol, New
Hampshire. She and three children survive him: GLENN A., Mrs. D. R. ELLERBE,
of Orlando; DONALD A., manager of the Orlando Water & Light Company; and
JOSEPH Y. CHENEY, also associated in the management of the same company.

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