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The late Gen. Schwarzkopf receives Great Floridian award

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Coach Bobby Bowden. Thomas Edison. And now General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

As of Tuesday, they're all names distinguished in state history by lawmakers.

On Tuesday, Governor Rick Scott presented the "Great Floridian" award to the wife of the late Gen. Schwarzkopf. 

"During Norm's 35 years in the military the Army relocated our family 16 times," said Brenda Schwarzkopf, who accepted the award on her late husband's behalf. "The Tampa area has been our home for over 25 years, the longest we have lived anywhere."

It was here at U.S. Central Command where Gen. Schwarzkopf played a major role in the first Gulf War as the CENTCOM Commander.

"General Schwarzkopf, as you would imagine, is a legendary figure in these halls," said Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, current US CENTCOM Commander. "I would argue that very few individuals have had as significant and as lasting an impact as he did."

Many are MacDill Air Force Base will tell Schwarzkopf will go down in history as being one of the most brilliant military strategists of our time. He and his allied forces pushed Saddam Hussein back into Iraq after his forces invaded the tiny neighboring country of Kuwait.

But Governor Rick Scott also recognized Schwarzkopf for the years he spent in the Tampa Bay area after retirement.

"General Norman Schwarzkopf: A patriot, American war hero and great Floridian," Gov. Scott said. "[He gave} a lifetime of service to his country both in uniform and as a civilian."

Only 73 people have been given this distinction since state lawmakers started the program in 1981. The state says the "Great Floridian designation is presented annually in recognition of the outstanding achievements of men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of this state."

Under Florida Statute 267.0731, an ad hoc committee, comprised of representatives of the Governor, each member of the Florida Cabinet, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Florida Secretary of State, meets to nominate citizens for designation as a Great Floridian. Following that, the Secretary of State selects no fewer than two nominees to be officially named a Great Floridian.

Also added to the list in 2013 is Florida Gator and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.

Great Floridians

Name

Year

Description

Lt. General Albert Hazen Blanding

2012

A captain in the Florida National Guard, Blanding was promoted to general officer rank when World War I broke out. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for leading the attack on Germany's Hindenburg Line, and the state's Infantry Training Center in Starke was named in his honor. During World War II, Camp Blanding was the largest in the nation.

 Coach Bobby Bowden

2012

Coach Bobby Bowden, the second winningest coach in major college football history, guided the Florida State University football team to more than 300 victories, two national championships, and 12 Atlantic Coast Conference titles, finishing in the top five in the country in 14 straight seasons. The National Bobby Bowden Award is presented annually by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to a student athlete for achievement on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.

 Caroline Mays Brevard

2012

Born in 1860, Brevard was a skilled researcher and a prolific author. A graduate of Columbia University, she returned home to Tallahassee to teach high school and later at the Florida State College for Women. In 1904 she published The History of Florida, an early and respected resource for researchers and historians documenting the history of the state.

 Governor Jeb Bush

2012

Florida's 43rd Governor, and the only Republican Governor in the state's history to earn two terms. Bush championed major reform of government programs in public education, led the effort to establish the Florida Forever program, supported the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, launched the Governor's Mentoring Initiative, led efforts to computerize state government, and oversaw disaster management during the 2004-2005 hurricane seasons when six hurricanes hit the state.

 Bernardo de Gálvez

2012

A Spanish military leader and the general of Spanish forces in New Spain. Gálvez aided the Thirteen Colonies in their quest for independence and led the Spanish armies against Britain in the Revolutionary War, defeating the British at Pensacola and reconquering Florida for Spain, during the 1781 Battle of Pensacola.

 Hamilton Disston

2012

Disston bought four million acres of land in South Florida in 1881 for $1 million. "Disston's Purchase," as it became known, primed the state's economy and paved the way for railroad building efforts of Henry Flagler and Henry Plant two decades later. The purchase saved the state financially and opened the southern part of the state for development.

Lt. General James M. Gavin

2012

A West Point graduate, in 1942, Gavin was given command of a parachute infantry regiment in the newly formed 82nd Airborne Division. Under his command, paratroopers were an integral part of the Normandy invasion on D-Day. At the request of President John F. Kennedy, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to France 1961 and 1962.

The Honorable Frederick Brennan Karl

2012

Between 1956 and 1978, Karl served in the Florida House of Representatives, Florida State Senate, and Florida Supreme Court. During World War II, he served in the European Theater of Operations, was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, and was later awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart medals.

Thomas Alva Edison

2011

The American inventor, scientist, and businessman came to Fort Myers in 1885 in search of the perfect material for the light bulb filament. For the next 50 years, Edison and his wife Mina spent winters and springs in Fort Myers.

Senator Bob Graham

2011

State legislator, two-term governor, and a three-term U.S. Senator, Graham served more than four decades in public service at the local, state and national levels.

George Washington Jenkins

2011

The founder of Publix, the largest employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States, Jenkins opened the first store in Winter Haven in 1930.

Senator Toni Jennings

2011

Florida's first female Lieutenant Governor and two-term President of the Florida Senate, Jennings is also a successful businesswoman, and former fifth grade teacher.

Governor Harrison Reed

2011

Florida's Republican governor during Reconstruction (1868-73), Governor Reed tried to enfranchise freed slaves and introduce social reforms in the face of much hostility, while stabilizing the state's shattered financial and taxation system.

Nathaniel Pryor Reed

2011

Assistant Secretary of the Interior in the Nixon and Ford administrations (1971-77), environmentalist Nathaniel Reed also served as Special Assistant to Florida Governor Claude Kirk, (1967-1971), and for many years as a member of the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District.

Marshall E. "Doc" Rinker, Sr.

2011

Founder of Rinker Materials, the largest producer of ready-mix concrete and block in Florida, Rinker became a generous contributor to cultural and educational institutions in the state.

The Honorable Jim Smith

2011

In 1968 Jim Smith was elected Florida Attorney General. He also served as Florida's Secretary of State (twice), as Chief of Staff for the office of Governor, and as Chairman of the Florida State University Board of Trustees.

Governor Park Trammell

2011

Park Trammell was elected to the 1903 Florida House of Representatives, served as President of the 1905 Florida Senate, was elected Attorney General in 1908, and Governor in 1912. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1916 , where he serveduntil his death in Washington, D.C., in 1936.

Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte

2010

President Emeritus of The Florida State University (FSU), dean of the FSU College of Law. State Representative, and former President of the American Bar Association.

Paula Hawkins

2010

Florida's first female U.S. Senator, consumer rights advocate and champion of children and families.

Archbishop Joseph Patrick Hurley

2010

Preserver of The East Florida Papers, and civic leader of post -World War II St. Augustine.

Tony Jannus

2010

Pilot of the world's first scheduled commercial flight.

Dr. Sarah McKay

2010

Business, cultural and civic leader, and philanthropist.

Captain David McCampbell

2010

The U.S. Navy's all-time leading ace, and Medal of Honor recipient.

Eddie Rickenbacker

2010

America's leading World War I ace, Medal of Honor recipient, and pioneer of commercial aviation.

Pedro Menendez de Aviles

2009

Spanish admiral who founded St. Augustine and first Governor of Spanish Florida

Governor Bob Martinez

2009

Fortieth Governor of Florida (1987-1991)

Dr. Mae McMillan

2009

Educator and founder of Pine Crest School

Eugene Patterson

2009

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, editor and CEO of the St. Petersburg Times

Charles W. Pierce

2009

19th century Southeast Florida settler and one of the legendary "Barefoot Mailmen"

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

2009

Pulitzer Prize-winning author

May Mann Jennings

2008

Florida First Lady 1901-1905
Conservationist and Activist

Congressman E. Clay Shaw, Jr.

2008

U.S. Congressman – 1981-2007

Harry T. Moore

2007

Civil rights activist

Senator Connie Mack

2007

U.S. Senator

Richard Keith Call

2006

Third and Fifth Territorial Governor

Julia DeForest Sturtevant Tuttle

2006

"Mother of Miami"

William Pope DuVal

2005

Florida's First Territorial Governor
1822-1834

Al Hoffman

2005

Philanthropist
Cultural and Arts Sponsor
Civic Leader

Governor Spessard Holland

2004

Florida's 28th Governor
1941-1945

Governor Fuller Warren

2004

Florida's 30th Governor
1949-1953

Mary Call Darby Collins

2003

Lifelong Preservationist

Henry Morrison Flagler

2003

Industrialist and Developer

Zora Neale Hurston

2003

Writer and Folklorist

Henry Plant

2003

Industrialist and Developer

General James Alward Van Fleet

2002

Combat Commander, Military Leader, Four-Star General

Mary McLeod Bethune

2002

Educator and Activist

Dr. John Gorrie

2002

Physician, Scientist and Inventor

William Henry Getty (Bill) France

2002

NASCAR Founder and Motor Sports Promoter

Richard (Dick) Pope

2002

Cypress Gardens Founder
Florida Tourism Promoter and Publicist

Senator Mallory E. Horne

2002

Florida House Speaker and Senate President

Horacio Aguirre

2001

Publisher and International Journalist
Founding Editor, Diario Las Americas

Lawton M. Chiles

2001

Florida's 41st Governor, 1991-1998
U.S. Senator, 1971 - 1989
Watch the Great Floridians Film Series for Lawton Chiles on Youtube.

Reubin O'D. Askew

1998

Florida's 37th Governor
1971-1979
Watch the Great Floridians Film Series for Reubin O'D.Askew on Youtube.

William Patrick Foster

1998

Bandleader, Florida A&M "Marching 100"
Watch the Great Floridians Film Series for William P. Foster on Youtube.

Chesterfield Smith

1997

Advocate for Justice
Florida's First American Bar Association President
Watch the Great Floridians Film Series for Chesterfield Smith on Youtube.

E.T. York

1997

Florida University System Chancellor
University of Florida Interim President
IFAS Program Founder
Watch the Great Floridians Film Series for Dr. E.T. York on Youtube.

Cecil Farris Bryant

1994

Florida's 34th Governor
1961-1965
Watch the Great Floridians Film Series for Governor Bryant on Youtube.

George A. Smathers

1994

U.S. Senator
1951-1969
Watch the Great Floridians Film Series for George A. Smathers on Youtube.

Stephen C. O'Connell

1993

Florida Supreme Court Justice, 1966-1967
President, University of Florida, 1967 -1973
Watch the Great Floridians Film Series for Stephen C. O'Connell on Youtube.

B.K. Roberts

1990

Three Time Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
Watch the Great Floridians Film Series for Justice B.K. Roberts on Youtube.

Chester Howell Ferguson

1988

Attorney, Business and Civic Leader
Watch the Great Floridians Film Series for Chester Howell Ferguson on Youtube.

Claude Denson Pepper

1988

U.S. Senator, 1936-1951
Congressional Representative, 1963-1989
Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1989
Watch the Great Floridians Film Series for Claude D. Pepper on Youtube.

Ben Hill Griffin, Jr.

1987

Civic Leader and Citrus Baron
Watch the Great Floridians Film Series for Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. on Youtube.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

1987

Writer and Environmental Activist
Watch the Great Floridians Film Series for Majory Stoneman Douglas on Youtube.

Alonzo "Jake" Gaither

1984

Legendary Head Football Coach, Florida A&M University
Watch the Great Floridians Film Series for Alonzo "Jake" Gaither on Youtube.

Thomas LeRoy Collins

1981

Florida's 33rd Governor
1955-1961
Watch the Great Floridians Film Series for LeRoy Collins on Youtube.

 

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