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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: M75- 74
Creator: Johnson, Beth McCollough, 1909-1973
Title, Dates: Papers, 1957-1970.
Amount: 8.00 cubic ft.
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Biographical/Historical:     Beth Johnson represented the 19th District (Orange County) in the Florida Senate (1962-1967) and was a member of the Florida House of Representatives (1957-1962).  She was born Beth McCollough in 1909 in Butler, Pennsylvania; graduated from Vassar College in 1930; and after her marriage to George W. Johnson she moved to Florida in 1934. Once her children were grown, she entered public service and began to gain notoriety in 1950 when William Beardall, then-mayor of Orlando, appointed her to the city planning and zoning board.  In time, she chaired this board.  She was successively elected a delegate to the Democratic National Convention (1952), member of the Florida House of Representatives (1957, 1958, 1960), and state senator (1962, 1964).  She was the first woman to be elected to the Florida State Senate.  When the Federal court-ordered special general election of March, 1967 took place, Johnson was defeated.  Her major activities in the Legislature concerned the fields of public and higher education, finance and taxation, mental health, conservation, and the citrus industry.
Summary:     The collection contains the papers of Beth Johnson from the beginning of her term as State Representative in 1957 until 1970, and comprises the following record types: campaign and election records, senate records, subject files, personal records, and publications and other printed matter.  Included also are her files from the Florida Constitution Revision Commission.  The diverse subject files show Johnson's interest in a variety of issues, especially mental health; of interest also are files dealing with reapportionment.
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Subject Access Fields: Florida Constitution Revision Commission.
Universities and colleges Florida
Mental health Florida
Legislators Florida
Women legislators Florida
Election districts Florida
Apportionment (Election law) Florida
Women History 20th century Florida
Constitution revisions.
Reapportionment.
Florida Constitution
Orange County (Fla.)
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