In the fall of 1849 a young Virginian, a William and Mary student, cast his eyes toward the southernmost part of our country and made plans to come to Florida and teach school. He was Jesse Talbot Bernard, later to become mayor of Tallahassee and to serve many years on Florida’s Board of Education.
"A Diary of Jesse Talbot Bernard 1847-1857,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 18:
2, Article 7.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol18/iss2/7