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CATTS, Sidney Johnston

Author: The History of Florida:  Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. III, pg.98

CATTS, SIDNEY JOHNSTON, governor of Florida in 1917-21, has had a
distinguished career both in the ministry and in Florida politics. He was
born near Pleasant Hill, Alabama, July 31, 1863, son of Capt. S. W. ADELINE R.
(SMYLY) CATTS. He was reared in Alabama, where he attended the Agricultural
and Mechanical College, Howard College and the Alabama Polytechnic Institute.
He educated himself for the law, and in 1882 was graduated L. L. B. from
Cumberland University Law School of Tennessee. Though admitted to the bar he
did not take up practice and soon entered the Baptist ministry and was
licensed to preach in 1885 and regularly ordained in 1886. He filled some
prominent pulpits in Alabama for about twenty years, being pastor at Mount
Gilead, Benton, Farmersville, Shiloh, Ackerville, Steep Creek, Letohatchee,
Fort Deposit and Tuskegee. He resigned from the ministry in 1904 to become a
candidate for Congress to represent the Fifth Alabama District. Subsequently
he accepted a call to the First Baptist Church at DeFuniak Springs, Florida,
and has been a resident of this state since 1910. He was elected and served
as governor the four year term beginning January, 1918. In 1919 he was a
candidate for the United States Senate.

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