Stephen Kerber


Of the many hardfought and bitter campaigns waged in twentieth-century Florida politics, none has surpassed in excitement or intensity the 1916 gubernatorial fight between William V. Knott and Sidney J. Catts. In addition, the passions stirred by that contest spilled over into the United States Senate race and completely dominated it. Although historians have written a good deal about Knott and Catts, they have failed to describe or explain in depth the senatorial contest between incumbent Nathan P. Bryan and Florida Governor Park M. Trammell.