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John Maloney Spottswood
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Birth: Jun. 17, 1920
Monroe County
Florida, USA
Death: Sep. 27, 1975
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA

Sheriff, State Senator, Hotelier, Radio and Cable TV Entrepreneur, Movie Star, and friend of Harry Truman. John Maloney Spottswood was Sheriff of Monroe County for four years, and State Senator for four years and throughout the years he was active in national, state and local politics. In 1944, he founded Key West's first radio station, WKWF and the Spottswoods became friends with the Trumans when John Spottswood arranged for Mrs. Harry S. Truman to hear radio concert broadcasts from New York on his radio station. This was during the time Truman was President. In 1955, he established Cable-Vision, Inc., one of the first cable television systems in the country. He was one of a handful of people who envisioned and established the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch. In the 1960's, John purchased the Casa Marina Hotel and the La Concha Hotel, which initiated the family's involvement in the hotel business. In 1962, Spottswood was instrumental in getting Warner Brothers the film the movie "PT-109" (the movie about J.F. Kennedy's service in the Solomon Islands) at Munson Island. John Spottswood portrayed the skipper of PT-109. In 1964, the 80 year old former President Truman came to Duck Key and stayed at the Indies Inn as guests of Sen. and Mrs. John M. Spottswood of Key West. Truman also stayed at properties owned by John Spottswood in 1968 and 1969.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert Fleming Spottswood (1891 - 1964)
  Florence Maloney Spottswood (1892 - 1988)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Myrtle Sellers Spottswood (1923 - 1996)
 
Burial:
Key West Cemetery
Key West
Monroe County
Florida, USA
 
Created by: RosalieAnn
Record added: Dec 07, 2008
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John Maloney Spottswood
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John Maloney Spottswood
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