Julian Lane

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Julian Barnes Lane
Mayor of Tampa, Florida
In office
Preceded by Nick Nuccio
Succeeded by Nick Nuccio
Florida House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Guy Spicola
Florida Senate
In office
Preceded by Ray C. Knopke
Succeeded by Betty Castor
Personal details
Born (1914-10-21)October 21, 1914
Tampa, Florida
Died May 4, 1997(1997-05-04) (aged 82)
Tampa, Florida
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Frances LaMotte
Profession Business Executive

Julian Barnes Lane (October 21, 1914 – May 4, 1997) was an American politician and elected officeholder. Lane was the forty-eighth mayor of Tampa, Florida, and later a member of the Florida Legislature.

Early life and education[edit]

Lane was born in Tampa, Florida, and graduated from Hillsborough High School in Tampa. Afterward, Lane attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Dutch Stanley and coach Josh Cody's Florida Gators football team from 1934 to 1936, and of which he was team captain in 1936.[1] He was also a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity (Alpha Omega Chapter). Lane graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1937, and was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "distinguished letter winner" in 1990.[2][3]

Wartime service and aftermath[edit]

After graduating from Florida, where he was also a member of ROTC, he became a commissioned officer in the United States Army Artillery. During World War II, he was promoted to the rank of colonel, being stationed for a time in Bournemouth, England before being discharged on February 28, 1946. Upon returning to Tampa, he eventually became the president of the Tampa Bay Milk Producers.[4]

Political career[edit]

In 1959, Lane campaigned against three other candidates for mayor and defeated Nick Nuccio in a run-off election. During his term, Lane faced a depleted treasury and a city budget of thirty million dollars. The municipal hospitals were unable to pay their bills and storm sewers were desperately needed after the havoc created by Hurricane Donna. Mayor Lane enforced stricter adherence to Civil Service hiring guidelines. He closed the Clara Frye Hospital for blacks and merged its services with the Tampa Municipal Hospital. Mayor Lane helped establish the Tampa Hospital Board and removed the hospitals from the city's direct administration.

During his term of office, Julian Lane and the City Council expanded the construction of storm and sanitary sewers and the pavement of over two hundred miles of streets. Construction of a new public library building was approved and Redland Baseball Field was completed replacing Plant Field. Improvements were made along the public beach on Davis Causeway and 12.7 acres of riverfront land was purchased along the Hillsborough River. The city also began the Maryland Avenue Urban Renewal Project and built Community Centers in Interbay, West Tampa, and Forrest Hills. Mayor Lane also appointed a committee to study the proposed construction of Tampa Stadium.

The Fire Department's manpower was increased by the addition of two hundred new firemen. There were also ninety-nine new fire hydrants installed in the City. In 1961, Lane supervised the transition when the City of Port Tampa and surrounding industrial areas were annexed into the City of Tampa.

At the end of Mayor Lane's term, in September 1963, the first black children were enrolled in traditionally white schools at Jackson Heights and Westshore Elementary Schools. He worked closely with the Bi-Racial Committee to facilitate peaceful integration of downtown businesses. The Tampa Tribune also worked with the mayor to help ensure that integration in Tampa was as orderly as possible.

He was defeated for re-election in 1963 by former Mayor Nuccio, whom Lane had defeated in 1959.

Lane served terms as a state representative, from 1970 to 1972, and as a state senator, from 1972 to 1976.[4]

Retirement and legacy[edit]

Julian and his wife Frances Elizabeth (LaMotte) 1917-1998, had 4 children; Susan, Julian B. Lane Jr.(wife,Allyn Foster) Virginia, and William, and seven grandchildren; Julian B. Lane III, Mary Elizabeth (Lane) Courier, Thomas Allan Lane, Elizabeth Lane (Driscoll) Scott, Diana Susan Driscoll, Richard Taggart Coley, Jr., and Caroline Almeda LaMotte Coley

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Tampa

Lane returned to Tampa to retire after his state political career. He died there in 1997; he was 82 years old. He is buried alongside his wife at Myrtle Hill in Tampa.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine., University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 123 & 183 (2011). Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  2. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Distinguished Letterwinners. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "Sports Briefs: UF Lettermen's Hall will induct four April 6," The Gainesville Sun, p. 4C (March 15, 1990). Retrieved July 24, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Julian Barnes Lane – 48th Mayor". City of Tampa Government. Archived from the original on August 30, 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2009.