Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Moore Haven 1st Mayor Nominated For Hall of Fame

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Governor Jeb Bush will announce by December 10, 2004
the 2004 inductees into the Florida

Women's Hall of Fame from the list of ten finalists selected by the

Florida Commission on the Status of Women. The Governor will select up

to three women for induction into the Hall of Fame, which recognizes

and honors women who, through their works and lives, have made

significant contributions to the improvement of life for women and for

all citizens of the state of Florida. The Commission has determined

that the following nominees exemplify the great diversity of women's

contributions to Florida life.

One local nominee is Marian Horwitz of Moore Haven who was elected mayor in
1917, in an era

when women were prohibited from the right vote or hold office. The

progressive town of Moore Haven specifically extended election

privileges to women in their charter, leading the way to Marian's

nomination. After becoming its first mayor, she worked tirelessly

through the state's Chamber of Commerce to obtain better roads and more

direct water routs for the developing city. The efficiency with which

she conducted herself led to national recognition by the Literary

Digest, which honored her as the Duchess of Moore Haven.

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