Letter from M. C. Muddleson to James D. Beggs, Jr. (January 16, 1941)


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Letter from M. C. Muddleson to James D. Beggs, Jr. (January 16, 1941)

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Letter from Muddleson to Beggs (Jan. 16, 1941)


Orlando (Fla.)
Post offices


A letter from M. C. Muddleson to Orlando Postmaster James D. Beggs, Jr., dated January 16, 1941. In the letter, Muddleson discusses plans for the dedication ceremony of the new Downtown Orlando Post Office building, located at 51 East Jefferson Street in Downtown Orlando, Florida. The original post office was housed in the Federal Building, located 44 East Central Boulevard in Downtown Orlando, Florida, from 1917 to 1941. In 1935, when James D. Beggs, Jr. became the postmaster, he began petitioning to move the post office from its Central Boulevard and Court Avenue location to a more spacious building. In 1939, St. James Catholic Church sold a plot of land on Jefferson Street for the new building. The building was designed by Louis A. Simon in the Northern Italian Palazzo Revival-style, and was constructed by J. P. Cullen & Son. The new building opened in 1941 and housed the post office, the courthouse, and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offices. The building was named an Orlando Historic Landmark in 1989. However, it was eventually sold back to the St. James Church. In 2003, the building was renovated and came under joint ownership by both the church and the federal government. Today, the building retains its post office services but also includes offices for the Catholic Diocese.


Muddleson, M. C.


Original letter from M. C. Muddleson to James D. Beggs, Jr., January 16, 1941: Private Collection of Texann Ivy Buck.

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Buck, Texann Ivy

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Digital reproduction of original letter from M. C. Muddleson to James D. Beggs, Jr., January 16, 1941.

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Downtown Orlando Post Office Collection, Orlando Remembered Collection, Orlando Collection, Orange County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




1-page typewritten letter






Downtown Orlando Post Office, Downtown Orlando, Florida

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Originally created by M. C. Muddleson.

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Copyright to this resource is held by Texann Ivy Buck and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

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Stoddard, James

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Private Collection of Texann Ivy Buck

External Reference

Kilsheimer, Joe. "Old Post Offices Aid Revitalization Efforts." AMERICAN CITY AND COUNTY. 119: 20-21.
Rajtar, Steve. A Guide to Historic Orlando. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2006.


Muddleson, M. C., “Letter from M. C. Muddleson to James D. Beggs, Jr. (January 16, 1941),” RICHES, accessed July 15, 2024, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/7594.