Benjamin E. McLin

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Benjamin Earnest McLin
2nd Commissioner of Agriculture of Florida
In office
January 9, 1901 – February 5, 1912
Preceded by Lucius B. Wombwell
Succeeded by J.C. Luning
Majority 18,694 (1904)[1]
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 23rd district
In office
Preceded by Alexander St. Clair-Abrams
Succeeded by P. W. Butler
Personal details
Born September 22, 1851[2]
Greene County, Tennessee[2]
Died January 31, 1912(1912-01-31) (aged 60)
Lake County, Florida
Political party Democratic[1]
Spouse(s) Malinda "Linnie" Peak Smith, m. 1876 (died 1886);[2]
Josephine Glidewell[2] married September 18, 1887.
Children Eugene Earnest McLin, born September 1882;
Walter Smith McLin, born 1884;
John Blair McLin, born January 1882;
Linnie P. McLin, born July 1889;
Ruby Bearden McLin, born November 8, 1892;
Alma mater King College; Hampden–Sydney College[2]

Benjamin Earnest McLin (September 22, 1851 – January 31, 1912) was a lawyer, businessman and politician, who was a member of the Florida State Senate, and was the second Commissioner of Agriculture of Florida.

McLin was engaged in the milling business in Lake county. He was also extensively invested in growing and shipping oranges. At one time he also operated the largest orange crate manufacturer in Florida, however his plant burnt down and was entirely being wiped out by fire, unfortunately he had no insurance on the plant.[2] Not long after his plant was destroyed, the freeze of 1894-5 swept away his entire orange grove.[2]

End Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Greeley, Horace (1906), The Tribune Almanac and Political Register, New York, New York: The Tribune Association, p. 252 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Ocala Evening Star (May 13, 1908), Hon. B. E. McLIN Commissioner of Agriculture, Ocala, Florida: Ocala Evening Star, p. 3 


Political offices
Preceded by
Lucius B. Wombwell
2nd Commissioner of Agriculture of Florida
January 9, 1901–February 5, 1912
Succeeded by
J.C. Luning
Preceded by
Alexander St. Clair-Abrams
Member of the Florida Senate from the 23rd district
Succeeded by
P. W. Butler