Linda D. Vance


When the Everglades National Park was dedicated at Everglades, Florida, on December 6, 1947, by President Harry S. Truman, the ceremony was attended by a host of national and state officials and dignitaries and by more than 8,000 of the general public. Seated on the speaker’s platform among the honored guests was a woman whose involvement in the preservation of the Everglades went back more years than any other individual present. She was May Mann Jennings, widow of William Sherman Jennings, Florida’s eighteenth governor.