Library of Congress
FLETCHER, Duncan Upshaw (1859-1936)
Senate Years of Service: 1909-1936

FLETCHER, DUNCAN UPSHAW, a Senator from Florida; born near Americus, Sumter County, Ga., January 6, 1859; moved with his parents to Monroe County in 1860; attended the common schools and Gordon Institute, Barnesville, Ga.; graduated from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., in 1880; studied law at the same institution; admitted to the bar in 1881 and commenced practice in Jacksonville, Fla.; member, city council 1887; member, State house of representatives 1893; mayor of Jacksonville 1893-1895, 1901-1903; chairman of the board of public instruction of Duval County 1900-1907; president of the Gulf Coast Inland Waterways Association in 1908, and, later, of the Mississippi to Atlantic Waterway Association; appointed and subsequently elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate for the term commencing March 4, 1909; reelected in 1914, 1920, 1926, and 1932, and served from March 4, 1909, until his death on June 17, 1936; chairman, Committee on Printing (Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses), Committee on Commerce (Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Transportation Routes to the Seaboard (Sixty-sixth Congress), Committee on Banking and Currency (Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses); president of the Southern Commercial Congress 1912-1918; appointed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913 as chairman of the United States commission to investigate European land-mortgage banks, cooperative rural credit unions, and the betterment of rural conditions in Europe; delegate to the International High Commission at Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1916; died in Washington, D.C.; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Jacksonville, Fla.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: In John Hollis Bankhead papers, 1865-1923.

Emory University
Robert W. Woodruff Library
Atlanta, GA
Papers: Correspondence in Mildred Hicks papers, 1917-1945. Finding aid.

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
Papers: 1860 (bulk 1909-1943). 518 items. Correspondence, books, photographs, newspaper clippings mainly related to Fletcher, his estate and family history, and corresondece from verious United States presidents, senators, heads of departments of state and other officials. Also material in Claude Pepper papers and photographs.

Herbert Hoover Library
West Branch, IA
Papers: 1921-1928. 2 folders.

University of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries
Gainesville, FL
Papers: 12 letters, 1913-1933. Also a small number of items in the Knight papers and James B. Hodges papers, 1907-1941.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg papers, 1884-1974. Finding aid.

University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL
Papers: Miscellaneous correspondence in the Blount and Blount and Carter Papers, 1906-1930; Frank Marston Papers, 1914-1931;and OttoWernicke Papers, 1928-1931.

  • Flynt, J. Wayne. Duncan Upshaw Fletcher: Dixie's Reluctant Progressive. Tallahassee: Florida State University Press, 1971.
  • ___. "Florida's 1926 Senatorial Primary.'' Florida Historical Quarterly 42 (October 1963): 142-53.
  • Stephens, Gertrude H. "Senator Duncan U. Fletcher, Legislator.'' Master's thesis, University of Florida, 1951.
  • U.S. Congress. House. Memorial Services Held in the House of Representatives of the United States: Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Duncan Upshaw Fletcher, Late a Senator from Florida. 75th Cong., 1st sess., 1937. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1938.
  • Wells, William James. "Duncan Upshaw Fletcher, `Florida's Grand Old Man.' '' Master's thesis, Stetson University, 1942.