Samuel Proctor


Probably there were none as surprised or as pleased as were Florida’s four delegates to the National Farmers’ Alliance Convention when it was decided that the 1890 meeting of the National Alliance Supreme Council would be held in Jacksonville. Politically a part of the “solid South”, and with a population of only a few thousand, it seemed scarcely possible that frontier Florida would be chosen, nor could it well play host to any national organization, even one as politically adolescent as was the National Farmers’ Alliance in 1889. However, Florida’s invitation was accepted by the convention which met in St. Louis in December of that year.