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Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine$
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Thomas Graham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049373

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049373.001.0001

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Coming to Florida, 1883–1885

Coming to Florida, 1883–1885

(p.42) 4 Coming to Florida, 1883–1885
Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine

Thomas Graham

University Press of Florida

In 1883 Henry Flagler and John D. Rockefeller came to St. Augustine for a visit, and Flagler's dreams of building a hotel started. Flagler and Dr. Anderson established a close friendship that would last the rest of Flagler's life. Flagler discovered that a new, high-class hotel had been built and a railroad now connected the town with Jacksonville. Seeing the possibilities for development of St. Augustine, Flagler decided to build a hotel. He began to loosen his ties with Standard Oil and embark on a second career in Florida. Dr. Anderson worked with Flagler on this project, especially in purchasing land. Franklin W. Smith, a Boston businessman, also partnered with Flagler in the venture. The Yacht Club served as the social center for the winter crowd's elite. Hotel manager O. D. Seavey became Flagler's advisor in the hotel business. Flagler may have met Thomas Edison at this time since Edison also stayed in St. Augustine.

Keywords:   Andrew Anderson, Thomas Edison, hotel, John D. Rockefeller, elite, high-class, development, O. D. Seavey, Franklin W. Smith, St. Augustine

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