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Austin Shuey Mann Papers

Identifier: Ms 209

Scope and Content

The collection contains business and personal correspondence, telegrams, receipts, and memorabilia. In box 1, which covers 1892-1905, the material mostly concerns land sales, the Good Roads Association, the Florida Agricultural Society, and railroad projects in Florida. In box 2, which covers 1905-1908, the material mostly concerns land sales, the Good Roads Association, travel plans, agriculture (specifically apple trees), and timber lands. In box 3, which covers 1909-1912, the materials mostly concern the Florida Homeland Company, lands records, Celery Farms Colony (with correspondence between Mann and HT White and TS Hand), family correspondence, and miscellaneous papers. The collection is arranged in chronological order.


  • 1892-1912



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Austin Shuey Mann was born in Ohio on January 14, 1847. He attended law school and worked at his cousin's law firm until 1873 when he moved to Ocala, Florida. He bought an orange grove on Crystal River and continued to practice law. In 1883, Mann was elected to the Florida State Senate and represented Hernando County from 1883-1887. He was present at the 1885 Constitutional Convention. In 1887 he was instrumental in the division of Hernando County into Citrus, Pasco, and Hernando Counties. Also during this year he moved to Brooksville and bought a newspaper business.

In 1891 he was elected into the Florida House of Representatives on the Farmers' Alliance ticket. In 1892 he became involved in the Peoples' Party of Florida. He moved to Jacksonville in 1900. Mann was President of the Florida Homeland Company and the Florida State Agriculture Association. He was Vice-President and a national organizer for the Good Roads Association. He also was a manager for the Florida Home Market. Mann died on September 19, 1914.

Sources: May Mann Jennings: Florida's Genteel Activist by Linda D. Vance, University of Florida Press, c1985. Also, "Senator Austin S. Mann," a student paper by John Q. Langford, Jr., circa 1950 (available in the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History).


1 Linear feet (3 boxes)

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The correspondence, telegrams, receipts, and miscellaneous materials of Austin Shuey Mann, Florida attorney, agriculturist, and state representative.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Gift of May Mann Jennings.

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Related Material

The papers of Austin Shuey Mann's daughter, May Mann Jennings, a political and environmental activist, are held by the UF Smathers Libraries. The papers of her husband, William Sherman Jennings, a Florida Representative and Governor, are also available.

A Guide to the Austin Shuey Mann Papers
Finding aid created by Katherine Walters
March 2007
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America