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Thomas Everett Welles
Captain Welles has been prominently identified with the inception of numerous successful interests that have all contributed to the development of Pensacola. The first one of these was the Pensacola Livery and Sales Stables, which he organized in 1882. He helped to organize the Citizens National Bank early in the nineties, and was its Vice-President for fourteen years. For three years he has been Director in the Peoples National Bank. He is managing partner in the firm in which he made his greatest success, E. E. Saunders and Company, and is also largely interested in the Pensacola Fish Company, and the Gulf Fish Company. He is President of the Gulf of Mexico Marine Railway Company, President of the Gulf City Coffee Company, and organizer of the WellesKahn Co., the largest wholesale grocery in West Florida.
In addition to other interests in which he has investments he has large property interests both in Georgia and Alabama. He has always had a participating interest in every public movement, having for its object the improvement of conditions or promotion of the best interests of Pensacola. He served for several years as the President of the Young Men's Business League, and also as President of the Good Government League. He also served for a number of years as chairman of the board of public safety of Pensacola. He has been an active working Democrat, and in politics as well as in business has been a leader, having a power and an influence for good that is widely felt. He has served for a number of terms as a member of the State Democratic executive committee andno memberof that body ranks higher in thecouncilsof the party. He was elected Mayor of Pensacola in 1903, and served with marked distinction until 1905 giving the city a high toned business administration which brought about general public improvement in the city's affairs. He is a member of a number of fraternal organizations in which he has held high rank. He is past grand Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias, and was representative to the Supreme Lodge at Boston in 1908. He is also past supreme representative of the Knights of Honor, and past Sachem of the Improved Order of Red Men. He is also a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, and of the Woodmen of the World. While not a member of any church his preference is for the Presbyterian faith. He is Thomas Everett Welles 229
a student of history, from which he has derived much inspiration, and help. He and his atrractive family spend a portion of each year at Athens, Ala., where he has extensive plantations and one of the most magnificent summer homes in the South. He has the happy faculty of always accomplishing that which he undertakes, and being a man of tremendous energy and rare ability he has attained a prominence in the commercial world that should prove an incentive and an inspiration to every man who is ambitious to succeed.
Captain Welles was married June 24, 1883, to Carrie B. Cobb, a daughter of James and Caroline Burton Cobb, of Pensacola, Fla. They have two children, Frank E. and Ruth Allen Welles.
Capt. Welles' passion for fine horses is great enough to entitle him to naturalization papers in Kentucky without residence. Among his earlier interests in Pensacola as far back as 1882 was his assisting in the establishment of the Pensacola Livery and Sales Stable, and this was doubtless the result of his fondness for horses. Of late years, with increased means and the ability consequent thereupon to cultivate his taste, he has put in the most commodious and best arranged private stable in Florida, where he keeps a string of fine horses, from which he has derived immense pleasure and probably some profit, as his horses have been winners of big stakes on some of the famous courses of the country. One of his horses, John A., had to his credit nearly eight thousand dollars for one season, and a record of 2:03!.
It seems to be a part of the law of compensation which runs through life that many of these busy men -Tho accomplish such large things shall have some taste which, though of itself calling for both physical and mental activity, yet serves them as the necessary relaxation from what they consider the ordinary business of life. This law of compensation has given Capt. Welles this fondness for good horse flesh, and this combined with the pleasures of country life which he indulges freely during the summer season, gives him the necessary relief from his more serious cares, and enables him to go back to his labors with renewed energy year after year.
Major Cromwell Gibbons, of Jacksonville, is an excellent example of the typical American turned out by that great national crucible which, taking people of many nationalities and different strains of blood, is molding them into a new national type. On the paternal side of Irish extraction, he is on the maternal side lineally descended from the brother of Oliver Cromwell, that great Englishman who ruled England during an important period of its history.
Major Gibbons is a native of Middletown, Conn., where he was born on January 21, 1869, and is now in the prime of his strength and usefulness. His father was Henry Gibbons, son of a native of Ireland, who came from that country and located originally on Long Island. His mother's maiden name was Josephine Oliver Cromwell. Her father was Oliver Cromwell, a lineal descendant of Richard Cromwell, brother of the great Oliver. This branch of the Cromwell family on coming to America located in South Carolina. By intermarriage he is a relative of the Calhouns of South Carolina, his maternal grandmother having been Mary Calhoun, a cousin of the celebrated South Carolina statesman, John C. Calhoun. After the Civil War Major Gibbon's father and mother met and married in 1867.
Major Gibbons was educated in the private and public schools of Connecticut and New York and spent much of his early life with relatives in South Carolina and absorbed the Southern spirit of his ancestors. He entered the scientific school of Yale University, but did not complete the full course.
On leaving school, he took up newspaper work for certain New York and Southern journals.
In 1888 he first came in touch with Florida, and 'n 1891 was admitted to the practice of law at Tallahassee. Though a native of a rock-ribbed Republican State, he is a life-time Democrat in