Sidney Johnston


In 1940, Cairo's Al-Ahram observed that Volusia County lawyer and American diplomat Bert Fish had "gained the love of Egyptians for his frankness and ability to become the friend of Egyptians, and because of his great love for Egypt he is proud to call himself 'half-Egyptian'"-strange praise for a man of humble origins who began in the courtrooms of central Florida, rose to prominence in the state supreme court and the national Democratic Party, and eventually became a significant member of America's diplomatic corp. Indead, few early twentieth century Volusia County residents achieved the level of distinction enjoyed by DeLand attorney and judge Bert Fish.