Honorable Forrest Lake


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Honorable Forrest Lake

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Forrest Lake


Sanford (Fla.)
Businessmen--United States
Ice industry--United States
Newberry (S.C.)
Miami (Fla.)
Santiago (Cuba)


Newspaper article about and portrait of businessman and politician, Forrest Lake around 1910. Forrest Lake first arrived in Sanford, Florida in the 1880s. Lake was known as a local politician and later a member of state government. One of his most well known successes in politics was the passing of the bill that created Seminole County in 1913. Throughout the early- to mid-1920s, Lake owned an icehouse, founded Seminole County Bank, and established the Hotel Forrest Lake. By the end of the Florida real estate boom, Lake suffered many financial loses when the hotel went bankrupt and he was accused of bank fraud. In 1928, Lake went through a series of trials related to the bank fraud scandal and was later sent to state prison for fourteen years. Lake only served six years and lived the rest of his life in Sanford. He died in 1939.


Woodruff, Edward Talcot


Original newspaper article by Edward Talcot Woodruff: Sanford Chronicle Industrial Edition (Winter 1910): 16.


Holly, R. J.

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ca. 1910

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Original newspaper article by Edward Talcot Woodruff: Sanford Chronicle Industrial Edition (Winter 1910): Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.
Digital reproduction of original newspaper article by Edward Talcot Woodruff, 1910: Sanford Chronicle Industrial Edition (Winter 1910): item number DP0008192, Central Florida Memory.

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Original black and white photograph.

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Digital reproduction of riginal newspaper article by Edward Talcot Woodruff, 1910: Sanford Chronicle Industrial Edition (Winter 1910): 16.

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Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.
Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

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1 newspaper article
1 black and white photograph




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Newberry, South Carolina
Sanford, Florida
Miami, Florida
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

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Originally created by by Edward Talcot Woodruff and published by R. J. Holly and The Sanford Herald in Sanford Chronicle Industrial Edition

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Copyright to this resource is held by The Sanford Herald, and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

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Cepero, Laura

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External Reference

Sanford Historical Society, Inc. Sanford. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2003.
Gilmartin, Daniel O. "Mayor Forrest Lake of Sanford." Florida Historical Quarterly74, No. 4 (Spring, 1996), pp. 391-404.
The Seminole Herald. Sanford: Our First 125 Years. [Sanford, FL]: The Herald, 2002.
"Sanford: a Brief History." City of Sanford. http://www.sanfordfl.gov/index.aspx?page=48.



Forrest Lake was born in Newberry, S. C., on the 15th day of July, 1869. He came to Florida at the age of 17 to make his own way in life. At the age of 24 be was elected Mayor of Sanford, and was elected for four successive terms. It was during Mr. Lake's administration that the first bonds were voted for and the first street paving commenced.
On October 25. 1895, he married Miss Maude Anno, of Orlando, Fla. During the year 1897 he moved to Miami, where he lived for two years, In the year 1899 he moved to Santiago, Cuba, to engage in the manufacture of ice. He resided in Cuba for eight years, doing a most successful business. In 1907 he returned to Sanford, and during the same year was elected Mayor of the city, which office he has held ever since. The miles of cement walk, numerous paved streets, thrift, tidiness and improvements all through the town have come about during Mayor Lake's regime.

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Woodruff, Edward Talcot, “Honorable Forrest Lake,” RICHES, accessed July 12, 2024, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/604.