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Transcribed from:  The History of Florida:  Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. 
III, page 357, 1923.

AVERY, A. P., president of the American Bank and Trust Company at Saint Petersburg, has not
only been a powerful leader in the business and finance of that community, but through his
unselfishness and generous public spirit has made his life of signal benefit to many
individuals and to the community at large.

Mr. AVERY came to Saint Petersburg December 28, 1897, when the village was just starting.
He has worked with and been a vital factor in that community ever since. He organized in
1910 the American Bank and Trust Company. In 1915 he organized the Avery and Roberts Company
and in 1918 the Streeter Cigar Company. He was one of the organizers of the West Coast
Telephone Company, and subsequently assisted in reorganizing and putting this public utility
on a sound financial basis. Perhaps as much as any other one man he has been responsible
for the development of important public utilities and services in Saint Petersburg.
Pesented by Nancy Rayburn

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