Homer H. Humphries, Jr. Papers, 1967-2008, bulk 1967-1971
- The collection contains correspondence, subject files, and campaign and printed materials relating to Humphries' political activities, chiefly his tenure on the Jacksonville City Council from 1967-1971. The core of the collection are newspaper clippings pertaining to the Council's activities under the new consolidated government. Additional printed materials provide documentation on the site selection of the University of North Florida in 1969.
- 2.50 Linear Feet
- Preferred citation:
- Homer H. Humphries, Jr. Papers, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.
Access and Use
- Conditions Governing Access:
The collection is open for research.
- Scope and Content:
The collection contains correspondence, subject files, and campaign and printed materials relating to Humphries' political activities, chiefly his tenure on the Jacksonville City Council from 1967-1971. The core of the collection are newspaper clippings pertaining to the Council's activities under the new consolidated government. Additional printed materials provide documentation on the site selection of the University of North Florida in 1969. The Humphries Papers are of interest to scholars researching Jacksonville's consolidation period, as well as providing information on Humphries as a key political figure during the same time period. The collection, when used in conjunction with other sources such as the Jacksonville, Florida, Government Consolidation Collection and the Richard A. Martin Papers, provides insights and documentation on a pivotal era of Jacksonville history.
- Biographical / Historical:
Homer Hudson Humphries, Jr., was born in Jacksonville, Florida on January 15, 1930, and attended local schools. After graduation from the Bolles School, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958 from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Stetson University in 1961. His early legal work included positions as the Assistant Duval County Solicitor (1963-1965), and Assistant State Attorney for Duval County (1965-1967). In June 1967, he was elected from Ward 8 to the Jacksonville City Council (prior to Consolidation), and under the new consolidated government, won election to the City Council from District 13. He became Council President on July 1, 1970, the third and the last President of consolidated government's first City Council. In 1971, he did not seek re-election to the Council, and returned to private law practice in Jacksonville. Humphries has been active in a number of civic, fraternal, professional, and religious organizations. A month after Humphries left the Council in 1971, Mayor Hans Tanzler appointed him to the first Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and he served the next eight years as DDA Chairman. In 1989, he was appointed to the Fourth Judicial Nominating Commission by Florida Governor Bob Martinez, and served a four-year term until 1992. Other civic activities included service affiliations with the Florida League of Cities, Florida Community College, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Children's Museum, and St. Luke's Hospital. His involvement with the University of North Florida deserves special mention. In 1969, as a member of the Jacksonville City Council, he was a strong supporter of the present suburban location for the University versus an urban site as proposed by other Council members. He was appointed to the first University of North Florida Foundation Board of Trustees, and was elected Foundation Board President in 1976-77. For his extensive service to the University, he was awarded a UNF Presidential medallion in October 2008. He had a long and distinguished service in the U.S. military. In 1953, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, and entered the Cadet Aviation Program. He served in the U.S. and overseas as a squadron pilot until his release from active duty in 1958 to pursue his civilian education. Subsequently, he joined the Florida Air National Guard, serving in several capacities where he held leadership positions: Air Operations Officer for State Headquarters (1972); Lieutenant Colonel and Director of Operations (1976-77); Chief of Staff and promotion to Colonel (1980); and promotion to Brigadier General in 1984. He retired from the Guard in 1989, and was awarded the Legion of Merit medal for his 36 years of outstanding military service.
Note written by
- Acquisition information:
Gift, Homer Humphries, 2007
- Printed materials
- Jacksonville (Fla.) City Council.
University of North Florida.
Humphries, Homer H., 1930-
- Duval County (Fla.)--Politics and government--20th century.
Florida--Politics and government--1951-
Jacksonville (Fla.)--History--20th century.
Jacksonville (Fla.)--Politics and government--20th century.