PASCO, Samuel (1834-1917)

PASCO, SAMUEL, a Senator from Florida; born in London, England, June 28, 1834; immigrated to the United States with his family and settled in Charlestown, Mass., in 1846; attended the public schools and graduated from Harvard University in 1858; moved to Florida in 1859 and was principal of Waukeenah Academy, near Monticello, 1860-1861; during the Civil War entered the Confederate Army as a private in the Third Florida Volunteers; wounded and captured at Mississippi Ridge, and remained in prison until March 1865, when paroled with the rank of sergeant; returned to Florida in 1865 and was again principal of Waukeenah Academy 1865-1866; clerk of the circuit court of Jefferson County 1866-1868; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1868 and commenced practice in Monticello, Fla.; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1880; president of the State constitutional convention in 1885; member, State house of representatives 1886-1887, and served as speaker in the latter year; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy in the term beginning March 4, 1887; was appointed in 1893 and subsequently elected; again appointed in 1899 and served from May 19, 1887, to April 18, 1899, when a successor was elected; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1899; chairman, Committee on Claims (Fifty-third Congress); member of the Isthmian Canal Commission 1899-1905; retired and resided in Monticello; died in Tampa, Fla., March 13, 1917; interment in Roseland Cemetery, Monticello, Fla.

University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL
Papers: 2 letters in the John Crary papers.

  • Pasco, Samuel. "Jefferson County, Florida, 1827-1910.'' Florida Historical Society Quarterly 7 (October 1928): 139-54; (January 1929): 234-57.
  • ___. "Reconstruction in Florida.'' In Why the Solid South? or, Reconstruction and Its Results, by Hilary A. Herbert, et al., pp. 140-68. 1890. Reprint. New York: Negro Universities Press, 1969.
  • Pasco, Samuel, Jr. "Samuel Pasco (1834-1917).'' Florida Historical Society Quarterly 7 (October 1928): 135-38.