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Frank Papy Woodward (1873-1939) was a prominent Tallahassean who became known as a writer and poet. He worked with the inspection division of the state Department of Agriculture and was connected with the state for about thirty years. He was principally recognized, however, as a writer, penning the column "Sez I to Myself," which was published throughout Florida. He also named and opened up Woodward Avenue around 1910 on property belonging to his family. Woodward was the grandson of Judge Alfred L. Woodward, who, in 1825, settled in Marianna, Jackson County, after leaving Georgetown, South Carolina. Judge Woodward was a signer of Florida's first constitution at the First Constitutional Convention held in St. Joseph in 1838. He moved to Tallahassee in 1850 with his wife, the former Anna S. Bowers, and sons, William Woodruff Woodward and Alfred L. Woodward, Jr. William taught in Leon County schools and later became Superintendent of Public Instruction for the county. Before his death in 1890, he served as principal of Leon Academy. Alfred L., Jr. became a Methodist minister; he was married to Mary C. Woodward, with whom he had five children. Of the five, one, Frank Papy, reached maturity.
The collection consists of various papers of the Woodward family dating from 1844 to 1939. It includes correspondence, business papers and receipts, photographs, newspaper clippings, original poetry and prose, and some music lyrics of a number of Woodward family members. Two pieces of particular interest are a letter of March 23, 1844 from Andrew Jackson and a March 21, 1845 letter from Martin Van Buren; both are addressed to Judge A. L. Woodward. Testifying to much creative ability in the family, the collection includes numerous poems and other writings of Alfred L., Mary C., Anna S., Alfred L., Jr., and Frank Papy Woodward.
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The collection was donated in memory of Frank Papy Woodward by his children.
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Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845 Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862 Woodward family.
Women History 19th century Florida
Leon County (Fla.) Tallahassee (Fla.) Jackson County (Fla.) Marianna (Fla.)
Woodward, Alfred L., 1841-1915
Woodward, Alfred L., d. 1882
Woodward, Anna S.
Woodward, Mary C.