Senator Spessard Lindsay Holland

Brief Life History of Spessard Lindsay

When Senator Spessard Lindsay Holland was born on 10 July 1892, in Bartow, Polk, Florida, United States, his father, Benjamin Franklin Holland, was 45 and his mother, Fannie Virginia Spessard, was 31. He married Mary Agnes Groover on 8 February 1919, in Lakeland, Polk, Florida, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He registered for military service in 1917. In 1941, his occupation is listed as governor of florida. He died on 6 November 1971, in Bartow, Polk, Florida, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Bartow, Polk, Florida, United States.

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Senator Spessard Lindsay Holland
Mary Agnes Groover
Marriage: 8 February 1919
Spessard Lindsay Holland Jr.
Mary Groover Holland
William B Holland
Ivanhoe E Holland

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  • Sper Holland, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Spessard Lindsay Holland - Published information: birth: 10 July 1892; Bartow, Polk, Florida, United States
  • Spessard Lindsey Holland, "Florida, County Marriages, 1830-1957"

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1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.


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Name Meaning

English, German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, French, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from Holland, a province of the Netherlands.

English: habitational name from Downholland or Upholland (Lancashire), Hulland (Derbyshire), the Parts of Holland, one of the three administrative subdivisions of Lincolnshire, any of the four places called Hoyland (southern Yorkshire), and possibly Great and Little Holland (Essex). The placenames all derive from Old English hōh ‘heel, spur of land’ + land ‘land’.

English: habitational name either from Hoeland (Farm) in Bury (Sussex), or from Holland's Barn in Albourne (Sussex). The placename in Bury has the same etymology as in 1 above, while the placename in Albourne may derive from Old English hol ‘hole, hollow’ + land ‘land’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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