Frank L. Snyder


The contributions of women to Florida history, and the details of their lives, have been sadly neglected by the state’s historians. Unfortunately, that fact particularly is applicable to the nineteenth century, when Florida developed political, social, and religious institutions and patterns that have continued to influence the state and its residents. Unless the individual left reminiscences, such as was the case with Ellen Call Long and Susan Bradford Eppes, or else attained national prominence, as did Rachel Jackson and Peggy Timberlake Eaton, the likelihood of our familiarity with them— despite their lifetime prominence and importance-is slim at best. One such almost-forgotten person is Nancy Hynes DuVal, wife of Governor William Pope DuVal.