Ashley Davis Hurt, first president of the Florida Agricultural College, was a native of Petersburg, Virginia (1834). He was educated at the University of Virginia, the University of Bonn, and received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Berlin. After serving in the Confederate Navy he became principal of the Louisville, Kentucky, high school. In the summer of 1884 he was appointed president of the newly established Florida Agricultural College at Lake City. Later he held the chair of Greek in Tulane University. Dr. Hurt died March 10, 1898. The original of the following letter was presented to the University of Florida by his daughter, Mrs. H. W. Robinson of New Orleans.
"An Educator Looks at Florida in 1884, A letter of Ashley D. Hurt to His Wife,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 31:
3, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol31/iss3/6