David Sholtz

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David Sholtz
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26th Governor of Florida
In office
January 3, 1933 – January 5, 1937
Preceded byDoyle E. Carlton
Succeeded byFred P. Cone
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
In office
1917
Personal details
Born(1891-10-06)October 6, 1891
Brooklyn, New York
DiedMarch 21, 1953(1953-03-21) (aged 61)
Key West, Florida
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Alice May Agee
Children3
ProfessionAttorney
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Battles/warsWorld War I

David Sholtz (October 6, 1891 – March 21, 1953) was the 26th Governor of Florida.

Early life and education[edit]

Sholtz was born to Jewish parents[1] in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Yale, where he was a member of the Acacia fraternity, he earned a law degree from Stetson University Law School in 1914. This enabled him to become a Florida lawyer without having to take the bar examination, as Florida then adhered to the diploma privilege. With his law degree, he started a law practice in Daytona Beach, Florida. He married Alice May Agee, with whom he had three children. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I.

Political career[edit]

Sholtz entered politics when he became a one-term member of the Florida House of Representatives in 1917. After that, he was a State Attorney from 1919 to 1921, and he became a city judge in 1921. Taking the oath on January 4, 1933, he became governor during the Great Depression. During his tenure as governor, he established the Florida Park Service and Florida Citrus Commission, passed a workers' compensation law, mandated free textbooks in public schools, and funded salaries for public school teachers. While in office, he was a strong advocate of governmental restructuring.

After leaving the Governor's Mansion on January 5, 1937, Sholtz unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 1938, losing the Democratic primary to Claude Pepper. He spent most of his time in New York after his term as governor, but he retained his residency in Florida. He died while visiting Key West, Florida in 1953 and is buried at the Cedar Hill Memory Gardens in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Doyle E. Carlton
Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida
1932
Succeeded by
Fred P. Cone
Political offices
Preceded by
Doyle E. Carlton
Governor of Florida
January 4, 1933 – January 5, 1937
Succeeded by
Fred P. Cone