Spessard Lindsey HOLLAND, Congress, FL (1892-1971)

Senate Years of Service:

HOLLAND, Spessard Lindsey, a Senator from Florida; born in Bartow, Polk County, Fla., July 10, 1892; attended the public schools; graduated from Emory College near Atlanta, Ga., in 1912 and from the University of Florida College of Law at Gainesville in 1916; taught in public schools of Warrenton, Ga., 1912-1914; admitted to the bar in 1916 and commenced practice in Bartow, Fla.; during the First World War served in the Coast Artillery Corps and the Army Air Corps in France 1918; prosecuting attorney of Polk County, Fla., 1919-1920; county judge of Polk County 1921-1929; member, State Senate 1932-1940; Governor of Florida 1941-1945; trustee of Southern College 1932-1935; trustee of Emory University 1943-1946; appointed on September 25, 1946, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles O. Andrews for the term ending January 3, 1947; elected for the full term in 1946, reelected in 1952, 1958, and again in 1964 and served from September 25, 1946, to January 3, 1971; was not a candidate for reelection in 1970; sponsor of the twenty-fourth amendment to the Constitution outlawing the poll tax in federal elections; retired and resided in Bartow, Fla., where he died November 6, 1971; interment in Wildwood Cemetery.


U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses. 92nd Cong., 2nd sess., 1972. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1972.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present