William Hall Milton

William Hall Milton (* March 2, 1864 in Marianna, Jackson County, Florida; † January 4, 1942 in Marianna ) was an American politician (Democratic Party), who represented the state of Florida in the United States Senate.


William Milton first attended the public schools in Jackson County and then the Marianna Academy, a private school, before he continued his education at the Agricultural and Mechanical College in Auburn, later Auburn University. From 1885 to 1893 he was a civil servant in the employ of the city of Marianna and was among other things, the chamberlain. During this time he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1890. Between 1890 and 1894 he worked as a court assistant ( Court commissioner ). Moreover, he got into the banking industry.

Politics and public offices

Milton's political career began with membership of the House of Representatives from Florida from 1889 to 1891. In 1892 he was one of the Democrats on the Electoral College, the Grover Cleveland elected as U.S. president. From 1894 to 1897 Milton served as Head of the National Land Survey Authority Florida ( Surveyor General ); after he was until 1902 Chairman of the board of the state reform school in Marianna. Between 1898 and 1899 he held the office of mayor of his hometown.

In 1900, Milton applied first to the governorship of Florida, but lost his inner-party opponents William Sherman Jennings. Another unsuccessful candidacy followed in 1912. Meanwhile belonged to William Milton as a representative of his state to the U.S. Senate, where he succeeded the late William James Bryan on March 27, 1908. He remained until March 3, 1909 Congress and not stand for re- election.

Milton then worked again as a lawyer. He also was active in real estate and in the insurance industry. From 1916 to 1917 he sat on the city council of Marianna; In 1923 he was appointed United States Commissioner for the Northern District of Florida, which he remained until his death. He was also from 1937 to 1942 worked for the local welfare agency.