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A Guide to the Scott M. Loftin Papers

Finding aid created by Stacey Wroble

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
November 2008


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Loftin, Scott Marion, 1878-1953
Title: Scott M. Loftin Papers
Dates: 1902-1966
Bulk dates: 1934-1936
Abstract: Speeches and clippings that document Scott M. Loftin's tenure as President of the American Bar Association and U.S. Senator; also includes biographical and other materials.
Extent: 2.5 Linear feet. 5 boxes.
Identification: MS 63
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Scott Marion Loftin was born on September 14, 1878, in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1887, he moved with his family to Pensacola, Florida, where he remained until his enrollment at Washington and Lee University in 1897. With less than a year of law school completed, Loftin had to return home to Pensacola in 1898 on account of his father's death. Despite these circumstances, Loftin was admitted to the American Bar Association the following year and began practicing law in Pensacola. In 1903, he became the youngest member elected to the Florida Legislature, where he served as a representative for two years. Thereafter, he resumed his practice of law as a prosecuting attorney for Escambia County. In 1917, he moved to Jacksonville, Florida, the place he would call home until his death in 1953.

From 1931 until the early 1940s, Loftin served as the general counsel for the Florida East Coast Railway and other transportation-related industries. In this capacity, he assisted Edward, Prince of Wales and his wife, the duchess, on their trip to Florida in 1943. He was elected as President of the American Bar Association in 1934. Two years later, in May 1936, Loftin was appointed to temporarily fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat left by the recently deceased Democratic Senator, Park Trammell. Insisting from the outset that he would not seek election in November of that year, Loftin returned to Jacksonville after a six-month stint in Washington and continued to practice law and give speeches within his community. In 1953, he addressed Stetson University's graduating law class and was awarded an honorary law degree. While on vacation in September of that year, Loftin fell ill. He died on September 22, 1953, and was laid to rest in Jacksonville's Oaklawn Cemetery.

In 1965, two of Loftin's sisters, Mabel L. Cushman and Josephine Loftin, began collecting his private papers and related memorabilia, contacting a number of organizations that Loftin had been affiliated with throughout his lifetime. The materials gathered were placed in the P.K. Yonge Reference Library at the University of Florida.


Scope and Content

The Scott M. Loftin collection is limited in scope. It contains newspaper clippings related to Loftin's career, particularly those that covered his 1936 U.S. Senate appointment. Death notices and resolutions honoring Loftin at the time of his death also are included.

Several drafts of speeches that Loftin gave as President of the American Bar Association are included, as well as drafts of speeches he gave at commencement ceremonies and other public events. The speeches are organized in folders chronologically. The collection also includes a number of speeches collected by Loftin regarding law, crime, and other topics.

The collection contains several folders of correspondence, most of which is congratulatory in nature and relates to either Loftin's election as President of the American Bar Association in 1934 or his appointment to the U.S. Senate in May 1936. A letter from November 1943 is noteworthy because Edward, Prince of Wales, thanks Loftin for the courtesy he received while traveling with the Florida East Coast Railway.

A folder of photographs and two scrapbooks also are included in the collection. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings covering Loftin's career, particularly his American Bar Association presidency and his appointment to the U.S. Senate.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Scott M. Loftin Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mabel L. Cushman of Atlanta, Georgia, and Josephine Loftin of Jacksonville, Florida (sisters of Scott M. Loftin).


Contents List

Box
1 Article by H. Wahl and Other Biographical Materials
1 American Bar Association. 1934-1935
1 Program, American Bar Association - Loftin as President. 1935
1 Articles and Death Notices
1 Letters of Mrs. Cushman and Replies
1 Obituary Resolutions
1 Photographs
1 Frontpiece: Loftin at Tomb of Chief Justice Marshall
1 Letter from the Prince of Wales to Loftin
1 Loftin Speeches. 1930-1933
1 Loftin Speeches. 1934
1 Loftin Speeches. 1935
1 Loftin Speeches. 1936-1938
1 Loftin Speeches. 1951-1953
1 Miscellaneous Speeches Collected by Loftin Regarding Law, Crimes, Railroads, Etc. - Armstrong through Dynes
2 Miscellaneous Speeches Collected by Loftin Regarding Law, Crimes, Railroads, Etc. - Farley through Lutz
2 Miscellaneous Speeches Collected by Loftin Regarding Law, Crimes, Railroads, Etc. - McNutt through Whitfield
2 News Clippings on Senate Appointment. 1936
2 News Clippings on Senate Appointment. 1936
2 News Clippings on Senate Appointment. 1936
3 Congratulatory Letters on Bar Association Appt. 1934
3 Congratulatory Letters on Bar Association Appt. 1934
3 Congratulatory Letters on Bar Association Appt. 1934
3 Congratulatory Letters on Bar Association Appt. 1934
3 Congratulatory Letters on Bar Association Appt. 1934
3 Congratulatory Letters on Bar Association Appt. 1934
4 Congratulatory Telegrams on Senate Appointment. 1936
4 Congratulatory Letters on Senate Appointment. 1936
4 Congratulatory Letters on Senate Appointment. 1936
4 Congratulatory Letters on Senate Appointment. 1936
4 Congratulatory Letters on Senate Appointment. 1936
4 Get Well Letters. 1938
5 Scrapbook 1
5 Scrapbook 2

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Florida -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Florida East Coast Railway.
Florida Legislature. House of Representatives.



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