James B. Whitfield
|James B. Whitfield|
|17th Attorney General of Florida|
|Governor||William Sherman Jennings|
|Preceded by||William B. Lamar|
|Succeeded by||W.H. Ellis|
|11th State Treasurer of Florida|
June 19, 1897 – March 1, 1903
|Preceded by||Clarence B. Collins|
|Succeeded by||William V. Knott|
|Born||James Bryan Whitfield
November 8, 1860
Wayne County, North Carolina
|Died||August 20, 1948
|Alma mater||University of Virginia|
James Bryan Whitfield (November 8, 1860 – August 20, 1948) was a Florida lawyer. He served as the 11th State Treasurer of Florida (1897–1903), 17th Attorney General of Florida (1903–1904), and long-time Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida.
Whitfield was born on the family plantation in Wayne County, North Carolina. Whitfield's father Richard A. Whitfield moved the family to Leon County, Florida around 1860 to start a cotton plantation and became an elected county judge there.
The family later moved to Tallahassee. Whitfield was educated at the West Florida Seminary in Tallahassee and the University of Virginia (bachelor of law, 1886). After service as a county judge and the clerk of the Florida Supreme Court, Whitfield was appointed state treasurer in 1897, serving until 1903. Whitfield served as Florida's Attorney General 1903-4 before being appointed to the Florida Supreme Court, where he served until resigning in 1943. One of his most significant decisions was a 1908 opinion that prohibited excluding African-Americans from juries.
Whitfield also wrote a Political and Legal History of Florida, published in 1943.
Whitfield's grandson Randolph Whitfield, Jr is an ophthalmologist known for his pioneering work tracking blindness in Africa. His granddaughter Clare Whitfield was formerly married to astronaut Rusty Schweickart.
- http://www.fivay.org/hendley.html History of Pasco County
- http://genealogytrails.com/fla/leon/plantations_1860.html Leon County plantations, 1860
- http://fulltext.fcla.edu/cgi/t/text/pageviewer-idx?idno=SF00000009_0001_000;q1=SF00000009;seq=766;cc=fhp;view=image;size=s;start=1;c=fhp Richard Whitfield bio
- http://www.museumoffloridahistory.com/about/sites/knott/about.cfm bio of William Knott
- http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/barm/rediscovery/default.asp?IDCFile=/fsa/detailss.idc,SPECIFIC=2603,DATABASE=SERIES, Bio of Whitfield
- http://www.floridamemory.com/Collections/governors/attorney-general.cfm#Whitfield Florida Memory page on Whitfield
- http://www.flcourts.org/gen_public/jury/lawday_pressrelease.shtml Florida Court Law Day press release
- http://www.floridamemory.com/Collections/governors/treasurer.cfm Florida Memory page
- http://www.uff.ufl.edu/scholarships/ScholarshipInfo.asp?ScholarshipFund=001787 Judge James Bryan Whitfield Scholarship
- http://alt.gtalumni.org/StayInformed/techtopics/sum95/whit.html Randolph Whitfield bio