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William Joseph Dann
Source: The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. III  pg.127  1923
Author: The History of Florida:  Past & Present

    DANN, HERMAN ANSON.  Few names are better known in business circles of Saint Petersburg than that of HERMAN ANSON DANN, not alone because of his connection with several large business enterprises, but by reason of his presidency of the Saint Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.  A man of energy and public spirit, while he has been building up his own fortunes he has found time to devote to the interests of his community, and no movement is considered that does not have his support and cooperation.

    Mr. DANN was born at Titusville, Pennsylvania, September 18, 1889, and is a son of PHILLIP and IDA (MEEKS) DANN, the former a native of Denmark and the latter of Kentucky.  The only child of his parents, his boyhood was passed at his native place, where he attended the public schools.  Later he entered Lafayette College at Easton, Pennsylvania, from which institution he was graduated in 1912, with the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy. 

Almost immediately thereafter he came to Saint Petersburg and became identified with the Saint Petersburg Investment Company, with which he remained until 1914, then buying a controlling interest in the Southern Construction Company, a corporation, of which he was made president.  In 1916 he bought out the building supplies business of W.S. McCrea & Son and incorporated the Dann-Gerow Company, Inc., of which he has since been president. This company does a general retail business in all kinds of building supplies.

  Mr. DANN has various other interests, being treasurer of the West Coast Telephone Company, a director in the Central National Bank, a director in the bond and Mortgage Guarantee Company, vice president of the Scanlan Company, proprietors of a large department store, etc.  His connection with these concerns has contributed to their growing success, as his business judgment and acumen are acknowledged to be of a high order and his progressive spirit and natural energy are factors not to be overlooked in the management and direction of important business enterprises.  Recognition of his abilities has been granted him by his fellow business men in his election as president of the Saint Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and vice president of the Saint Petersburg Rotary Club, and every movement tending to advance the interests of his city has his unqualified support.  Mr. DANN belongs to the Saint Petersburg Yacht Club, is a Knight Templar Mason and a charter member of the local Mystic Shrine.  He has not found time to engage in politics, but takes a good citizen’s interest in city, state and national affairs.

    In 1916 Mr. DANN united in marriage with Miss HELEN THOMASSON, of Saint Petersburg, and they are the parents of three children:  PHOEBE, THOMASSON and NANCY.


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