Alfred St. Clair-Abrams
|Alfred St. Clair-Abrams|
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Alfred St. Clair-Abrams (September 1865 – May 1915) was an attorney, newspaper editor and politician who served as a member of the Florida legislature and as the State Attorney for Lake County, Florida.
St. Clair-Abrams was born September 1865, in Georgia to Alexander St. Clair-Abrams and his wife Joanna.
In addition to being a lawyer, St. Clair-Abrams was also the editor of the Tavares Herald
1896 Florida legislature election and killing of W. Bailey Tucker
In 1896 St. Clair-Abrams was running for the Florida legislature as an anti railroad candidate. St. Clair-Abrams was defeated in his election, and he believed that W. Bailey Tucker of the Florida Central and Peninsula Railroad had brought about his defeat by unfair means.
On July 26, 1896 St. Clair-Abrams went to Tucker's home, confronted him and shot him in the head with a shotgun loaded with buckshot. Initially it was believed that St. Clair-Abrams shot Tucker because of St. Clair-Abrams' anger over the election, however it was later reviled that St. Clair-Abrams shot Tucker because Tucker was having an affair with St. Clair-Abrams' wife.
Death and burial
After a long illness, St. Clair-Abrams died at his home in Tavares, Florida in May 1915. He was buried in Jacksonville, Florida.
- Miami Daily Metropolitan (May 6, 1915), Alfred St. Clair-Abrams Died this Morning at has Home at Tavares Father of Miami Man and Women and Prominent Attorney Passed Away After Years of Illness, Miami, FL: Miami Daily Metropolitan, p. 10.
- St. Petersburg Times (September 2, 1933), Thirty Years Ago., St. Petersburg, FL: St. Petersburg Times, p. 4, Section 2.
- New York Times (July 27, 1896), RAILROAD MANAGER SHOT.; Abrams Thought Tucker Caused His Failure of Election., New York, New York: New York Times
- The Atlanta Constitution (July 29, 1896), WOMAN, NOT POLITICS - St. Clair Abrams Says Captain Tucker Compromised Mrs. Abrams. TELLS SENSATIONAL STORY Says His Wife Was Not To Blame for Her Indiscretion. MEANT TO KILL WHEN HE PULLED TRIGGER Statement Was a Surprise to the Friends of the Parties and Created an Added Sensation., Atlanta, Georgia: The Atlanta Constitution, p. 1