Letter from Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr. to Mrs. Brashears and Herly Mae Wainright (February 13, 1981)

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Title

Letter from Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr. to Mrs. Brashears and Herly Mae Wainright (February 13, 1981)

Alternative Title

Letter from Chiles to Brashears and Wainright (February 13, 1981)

Subject

Oviedo (Fla.)
Clubs--United States
Chiles, Lawton, 1930-1998

Description

A letter from Senator Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr. to Mrs. Brashears and Herly Mae Wainright dated February 13, 1981. In the letter, Senator Chiles declines an invitation to attend the 75th anniversary celebration of the Oviedo Woman's Club (OWC), which was founded in 1906 as the Oviedo Magazine Club by seven charter members: H. B. McCall, Edith Meade, Georgia Lee Wheeler, Lillian Lee Lawton, Mattie Aulin Wheeler, Milcah Yonge, and Mary King. The first clubhouse was constructed in 1914 and also served as Oviedo's first library. In 1916, the club joined the Florida Federation of Women's Clubs (FFWC) and officially changed its name to the Oviedo Woman's Club. In 1923, the woman's club was federated under the umbrella of the General Federation of Woman's Clubs (GFWC). A new clubhouse was built in 1961 on property donated by R. L. Croom, a former member, which is located at 414 King Street. The Oviedo Woman's Club is involved in many civic projects, including the annual Great Day in the Country Arts and Crafts Festival, the Spring Fundraiser, Tasting Luncheons, and Celebrate Spring Teas.

Chiles is best known for serving as the 41st Governor of Florida from 1991 to 1998. A veteran of the Korean War, Chiles attend law school in his home state of Florida. He began practicing in law in 1955 and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1958. In 1970, Chiles defeated the incumbent in his bid for the U.S. Senate. He retired from politics in 1989, but was convinced to run for Governor in 1990. Chiles again beat his incumbent. As Governor, his legacy consisted of health care reform, hurricane recovery from Hurricane Andrew, and education reforms. Chiles died of a heart attack while in office.

Creator

Chiles, Lawton

Source

Original letter from Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr. to Mrs. Brashears and Herly Mae Wainright, February 13, 1981: Private Collection of Beatrice Gestrich.

Date Created

1981-02-13

Contributor

Gestrich, Beatrice

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original letter from Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr. to Mrs. Brashears and Herly Mae Wainright, February 13, 1981.

Is Part Of

Oviedo Historical Society Collection, Oviedo Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

application/pdf

Medium

1-page typewritten letter and envelope

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.
Oviedo Woman's Club, Oviedo, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Oviedo Woman's Club and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Beatrice Gestrich

External Reference

"Our History." Oviedo Woman's Club. http://www.oviedowomansclub.org/our-community/our-history.html.
"Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr.." Florida Department of State. http://dos.myflorida.com/florida-facts/florida-history/florida-governors/lawton-mainor-chiles-jr/.
Morgan, Lucy. "Gov. Chiles dies : Apparent heart attack claims "He-Coon' at 68." St. Petersburg Times, December 13, 1998. http://www.sptimes.com/State/121398/Gov_Chiles_dies.html.

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1-page typewritten letter and envelope

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