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Francis Preston Whitehair, American lawyer. Decorated Commendation United States Army, World War I; commendation from commander Gilbert Isl. subarea, United States Navy, World World War II; Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Combat V and 4 combat stars, Congressional Selective Service medal, Certificate of Merit by Eric Johnston as administrator Economics Stablzn. Agency, 1951.


Whitehair, Francis Preston was born on October 1, 1900 in Chapman, Kansas, United States. Son of Ira Andrew and Edna Shannon (Burns) Whitehair.


Student Southern College, 1918. Bachelor of Laws, Stetson U., 1921, Doctor of Laws, 1952. Graduate student, Columbia, 1942-1943.


Admitted to Florida bar, 1921. Practice in DeLand, 1921-1950, 53—. Attorney Volusia Company Board Public Instruction, 1929-1936.

Attorney various municipalities, municipal districts, railroad s. and utilities, 1926-1942. Attorney general American Samoa, 1943. Special assistant Attorney General Homer Cummings, 1934.

Chairman board directors Whitehair Company, 1936-1977. Owner Volusia Company Mirror, 1940-1943. President Seabreeze Properties, Inc., 1940-1950.

Director Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee Railway Company, 1948-1954, executive vice president, 1949-1954. Owner, operator extensive citrus groves, 1929-1946. Lecturer on law, Columbia Law School, 1942.

General counsel Economics Stblzh. Agency, 1950-1951; under secretary navy, 1951-1952. President Charitable Trust created by late Judge Bert Fish, 1943-1977.

President Bert Fish Trustees, Inc., 1968-1977. Trustee, attorney Dick and Julie Pope Foundation, Inc., since 1967. Board overseers Stetson U. College Law.

Member board directors Florida Cypress Gardens, Stetson Law Center Foundation Citrus Exchange and chairman finance committee, 1934-1936. Member Federal Citrus Control Committee, 1933-1939.


Member Circuit Court Commission 7th Florida Circuit, 1936-1939. Member Florida Board Law Examiners, 1938-1940, Florida Road Board, 1953-1954. Chairman board of trustees Graham-Eckes School, Palm Beach, Florida, 1952-1962.

Served with United States Army, World War I, United States Navy Reserve, World World War II. Member Selective Board Appeals, 5th Congressional District, 1940. Member bars United States District Court Southern District Florida, Supreme Court of the United States Court, United States Circuit Court Appeals, Federal Communication Commission, United States Court Claims.

Member American, Florida, Federal, Volusia Company (president 1939-1940) bar associations, American Judicature Society, Florida, DeLand chambers commerce, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, John B. Stetson U. Alumni Association (president 1934), Navy League, Stetson Lawyers Association Florida (president 1955), Phi Alpha Delta, Sigma Nu. Member Christian Church. Elk.; Mason (Shriner, Jester).

Clubs: Rotary.


Married Nina Louise Bizzelle, April. Children: Joan (Mistress.

Ira Andrew Whitehair

Edna Shannon (Burns) Whitehair

Nina Louise Bizzelle

Joan (Mrs Whitehair