Jacksonville's Namesakes

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In this short article we'll learn about some of the people we named our infrastructure after.

Hart Bridge : Isaiah Hart

Founder of Jacksonville, Florida.

Isaiah David Hart (November 6, 1792 – 1861) was an American plantation owner and the founder of Jacksonville, Florida. Originally from Georgia, he began setting out the plans for the town in 1822 after moving to the area named Cowford. Hart was a wealthy planter who took arms against Spain in the 1812 Patriot Rebellion and nine years later founded Jacksonville. He had served as postmaster, court clerk, commissioner of pilotage, judge of elections, militia major during the Seminole War and Florida Territorial Whig senator. Described as "an eccentric character," Hart owned downtown real estate, a two-story boarding house, a plantation and forty-eight slaves.[1] The Isaiah D. Hart Bridge over the St. Johns River in Jacksonville is named after him.

The Bridges of Downtown Jacksonville

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