The founding of Live Oak dates back to shortly before the Civil War. Established in 1858, Live Oak was located at a junction between two strategically important railways: one operating between Jacksonville and Tallahassee, and another running south from Dupont, Georgia. The numerous live oak trees in the area likely inspired the naming of the town. Live Oak is the county seat of Suwannee County Florida and is located east of Tallahassee Florida. Population about 7,000.
Post card showing “Howard Steet Live Oak, Fla.”
First National Bank of Live Oak was issued a charter on December 19, 1901 after an organization date of only nine days prior. Cary A. Hardee served as President of the First National from 1907 to 1926, during this time he also served as Governor of the state of Florida from 1921 to 1925.
Cary Augustus Hardee – Florida Governors
Twenty-third governor January 4, 1921 to January 6, 1925Oil on canvas, C. Verne Klintworth, ca. 1921-1925Cary Hardee was born in Taylor County on November 13, 1876. Educated in Florida’s public schools, he was a teacher until 1900, when he was admitted to the bar and began practice in Live Oak. Before becoming governor in 1921, Hardee served as State’s Attorney, a member of the Florida House of Representatives, and speaker of the House.During Hardee’s administration, constitutional amendments were adopted that reapportioned the legislature and prohibited the levying of state income and inheritance taxes. Leasing of convicts to private businesses also was outlawed during his administration.Although a lawyer, Hardee was better known in later years as a banker in Live Oak. He was defeated in 1932 for the Democratic nomination for governor and died in Live Oak on November 21, 1957.
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Notes & Currency
- 18__ Fernandina $3 Obsolete Note
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- 1902 $10 Punta Gorda Note Charter #10512
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- 1902 $5 Key West Note Charter #7942