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CASH, Hon. William Thomas

Author: The History of Florida:  Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.III, pg.199

CASH, Hon. WILLIAM THOMAS, Superintendent of Public Instruction for
Taylor County, is one of the highly-educated men and experienced teachers of
this part of Florida, and a citizen whose efforts in behalf of the public have
been unusually fruitful, both in a private capacity and in both houses of the
State Assembly. He was born near Lamont, Jefferson County, Florida, July 23,
1878, a son of BENJAMIN F. and SUSAN (MIXON) CASH, the former of whom died May
8, 1881, when his son was only three years old. Mrs. CASH, who survives, is a
daughter of JAMES J. MIXON, who came to Florida in 1848, settling in what is
now Taylor County and remaining there, except for about a year and a half
spent at Newport, until after the Civil war, in which he saw service as a
Confederate soldier. After the war he became a planter near Lloyd, Jefferson
County. He was a native of South Carolina.
WILLIAM THOMAS CASH attended school in the backwoods region, and when he
was only thirteen years old began earning his own living in farm work, for
which he received $2 per month and his board. He has always been a close
student, and in spite of his lack of early educational advantages began
teaching school in December, 1897, when nineteen years old, and continued an
educator until 1920. For some years he taught in the Perry schools, and
during later years was a teacher in the teachers department of the Taylor
County High School. From 1917 to 1921 he was teacher of history and civics
during the summer sessions of the State College for women at Tallahassee.
History is his hobby, he is a profound student, a great lover of the classics,
and takes but little interest in modern fiction. While attending the country
school of his neighborhood he had as one of his teachers a young man, now Hon.
CAREY A. HARDEE, governor of Florida. In conjunction with his teaching Mr.
CASH has been identified with newspaper work, and was the editor and owner of
the Taylor County “Topics” in 1905; was editor and part owner of the Taylor
County “Citizen” in 1906, and the Taylor County “Herald” in 1911, but has not
devoted any of his time to this field of endeavor since 1913.
In 1909 Mr. CASH was elected to represent Taylor County in the State
Legislature, and was returned in 1915 and 1917, and in 1918 was elected to the
Senate from the Twelfth Senatorial District, from which he resigned in order
to enter the race for his present position in 1920, which he will hold until
1925. He has always been very active in democratic politics. In 1909 he
introduced the Cash Primary Bill, and during that session and the others in
which he participated he always gave his support to legislation on educational
matters, and is a strong believer in compulsory education. In 1915 he took an
active part in securing legislation relative to the fish industry, and he is
an enthusiastic booster of the good roads movement.
In 1912 Mr. CASH married at Shady Grove, Florida, GRACIE WENTWORTH, born
at Shady Grove, a daughter of R. E. and LAURA L. (COX) WENTWORTH, natives of
Taylor County, who are both living at Shady Grove. They are farming people,
and earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. and Mrs. CASH have
five children, namely; LAURA LOUISE, twin sons-ALTON HORACE and WILLIAM
THOMAS, ALWYN CLYMER (sic) and ERMA CLARICE. The CASH family live on their
beautiful farm, Pine View, which is located two miles from Perry. During the
late war Mr. CASH was chairman of the War Savings Stamp campaign, and also
served on the Community Labor Board for Taylor County. The Methodist
Episcopal Church has in him an honored member, and for some time he has been a
teacher in the Sunday school connected with it.


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