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 Edna Giles Fuller

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Edna Giles Fuller

Birth
Plant City, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
Death
28 Dec 1952 (aged 78)
Orlando, Orange County, Florida, USA
Burial
Orlando, Orange County, Florida, USA
Plot
D6/2
Memorial ID
19684540 View Source

Edna Giles Fuller was the first woman to sit in the Florida House of Representatives. Born in Hillsborough County on a farm about 20 miles from Tampa, near Plant City to Enoch H Giles and Melville Wells Giles. At age 9 she moved to Gainesville where she attended a private school operated by Miss Nannie Gaines. At age 14 she moved to Orlando to live with her uncle James L Giles and attended high school in the old wooden school building at the corner of Jackson and Orlando Avenue. After graduation she attended Rollins College for one year transferring to Wesleyan College in Macon Georgia. After a year at Wesleyan she was presuaded to go to Centenary in Cleveland Ohio by her friend Eunice Delaney. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then moved to Starke where her father had a Methodist church. She was asked by the school board to take over the duties of the principal of the high school. She accepted, taught for one year and at the close of the term returned to Orlando and took a teaching position. That's when she meant John Thomas Fuller, a wealthy lumberman from Tennessee, 26 years her senior, who had joined her uncle in his real estate business. They married in 1903 and moved into the 14 room high ceilinged former George B Green home built in 1884 by W A Storey at the southeast corner of Delaney and Ponce De Leon. Their barn stabled sleek well fed horses and housed fine carriages. Her children Lois and Dorothy were born here. Mr Fuller died shortly after daughter Dorothy was born in 1912 leaving his widow a large fortune, responsibility and two children to raise. In 1920 while in NY she learned her brother in law had died in California leaving three motherless children with no one to care for them. She traveled to San Diego and stayed a year, organized their house then packed the children up and brought them to Orlando. Following WWI Mrs. Fuller was appointed Assistant Food Administrator for the State of Floirda under President Herbert Hoover. It was her plan of food distribution which was later adopted for world use. In 1928 she ran for the Florida House of Representatives and became Orange County's and the state of Floridas first female representative in Tallahassee. She was elected again in 1931. In 1929 she received an honorary degree from Rollins College. As a member of the First Methodist Church Edna Giles Fuller was president of the general board of womens work, a member of the board of stewards, and chairman of the finance committee, a position never before entrusted to a woman. She was an associate superintendent of the Sunday School and tought a class of young men. She was active in the Sorosis Club, Rosalind Club, and president of the Country Federation of Women's Clubs and president of the FLorida Suffrage Association. She was a member of the city and county chambers of commerce, on the Orlnado Realty Board and the City Planning and Zoning commission and on the Interracial Committee of the Chamber of Commerce. After her death in December 1952 a memorial resolution was read by Orlando County Representative James Keezel and spread on the Journal of the House of Representatives as a permanent memorial to Mrs. Fuller. She was survived by her daughters Lois (Mrs. Sidney E.Ives III) and Dorothy (Mrs Louis E Geeslin Jr.)

Daughter of Enoch H and Melville Wells Giles

: U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007

Name: Edna Giles Fuller
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: 5 Aug 1874
Birth Place: Hillsborough Beach, Florida[Hillsborough]
Father: E H Giles
Mother: Melville Wells
SSN: 265124137
Notes: Mar 1938: Name listed as EDNA GILES FULLER
Household Members:
Name: E H Giles
Name: Melville Wells
Name: Edna Giles Fuller
Contributor: Jeannie Nelson (48971611) • [email protected])

Edna Giles Fuller was the first woman to sit in the Florida House of Representatives. Born in Hillsborough County on a farm about 20 miles from Tampa, near Plant City to Enoch H Giles and Melville Wells Giles. At age 9 she moved to Gainesville where she attended a private school operated by Miss Nannie Gaines. At age 14 she moved to Orlando to live with her uncle James L Giles and attended high school in the old wooden school building at the corner of Jackson and Orlando Avenue. After graduation she attended Rollins College for one year transferring to Wesleyan College in Macon Georgia. After a year at Wesleyan she was presuaded to go to Centenary in Cleveland Ohio by her friend Eunice Delaney. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then moved to Starke where her father had a Methodist church. She was asked by the school board to take over the duties of the principal of the high school. She accepted, taught for one year and at the close of the term returned to Orlando and took a teaching position. That's when she meant John Thomas Fuller, a wealthy lumberman from Tennessee, 26 years her senior, who had joined her uncle in his real estate business. They married in 1903 and moved into the 14 room high ceilinged former George B Green home built in 1884 by W A Storey at the southeast corner of Delaney and Ponce De Leon. Their barn stabled sleek well fed horses and housed fine carriages. Her children Lois and Dorothy were born here. Mr Fuller died shortly after daughter Dorothy was born in 1912 leaving his widow a large fortune, responsibility and two children to raise. In 1920 while in NY she learned her brother in law had died in California leaving three motherless children with no one to care for them. She traveled to San Diego and stayed a year, organized their house then packed the children up and brought them to Orlando. Following WWI Mrs. Fuller was appointed Assistant Food Administrator for the State of Floirda under President Herbert Hoover. It was her plan of food distribution which was later adopted for world use. In 1928 she ran for the Florida House of Representatives and became Orange County's and the state of Floridas first female representative in Tallahassee. She was elected again in 1931. In 1929 she received an honorary degree from Rollins College. As a member of the First Methodist Church Edna Giles Fuller was president of the general board of womens work, a member of the board of stewards, and chairman of the finance committee, a position never before entrusted to a woman. She was an associate superintendent of the Sunday School and tought a class of young men. She was active in the Sorosis Club, Rosalind Club, and president of the Country Federation of Women's Clubs and president of the FLorida Suffrage Association. She was a member of the city and county chambers of commerce, on the Orlnado Realty Board and the City Planning and Zoning commission and on the Interracial Committee of the Chamber of Commerce. After her death in December 1952 a memorial resolution was read by Orlando County Representative James Keezel and spread on the Journal of the House of Representatives as a permanent memorial to Mrs. Fuller. She was survived by her daughters Lois (Mrs. Sidney E.Ives III) and Dorothy (Mrs Louis E Geeslin Jr.)

Daughter of Enoch H and Melville Wells Giles

: U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007

Name: Edna Giles Fuller
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: 5 Aug 1874
Birth Place: Hillsborough Beach, Florida[Hillsborough]
Father: E H Giles
Mother: Melville Wells
SSN: 265124137
Notes: Mar 1938: Name listed as EDNA GILES FULLER
Household Members:
Name: E H Giles
Name: Melville Wells
Name: Edna Giles Fuller
Contributor: Jeannie Nelson (48971611) • [email protected])


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