Helen R. Sharp


The development of any community or geographic division is greatly influenced by those who promote its beginnings and further its growth. Among those who had confidence in the future of Florida was Samuel A. Swann, whose activities from 1855 to 1909 show that he was a valuable and conscientious supporter of the economic expansion of the state and of the city of Fernandina. His business interests were so varied and extensive in character that they present a cross-section of the development of Florida during the period in question, particularly in the opening of, public lands for settlement.