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Da Costa, Charles W.


    Another native Floridian, who has achieved success by his individual pluck and native metal, is Charles Wesley Da Costa.  He was born in Jacksonville, in December, 1858, and as a well known writer once said of him:  "He is a Southern born gentleman, whose career s a citizen, journalist, and man of affairs is worthy of the attention and emulation of every young man."  His father was the late Judge Aaron W. Da Costa, who was a member of an old South Carolina family of French-Portuguese descent.  Charles W. Da Cosa received a common school education in Jacksonville, an t the age of eighteen learned his trade at the printer's case.  From there he rose by degrees to be a job printer on his own account, and by a series of uninterrupted successes he has risen to the head of one of the largest, most elaborate and completely equipped publishing establishments in the Souther States.  It was in 1884 that he started business for himself in a small way.  The people appreciated him and his business grew rapidly from two presses to thirteen, till in 1891 his establishment comprised nearly all of the second and third stories of the L'Engle Block.  Then came the great fire that swept it all away and he was a heavy loser.  He was not discouraged, however, and soon opened up again in his present handsome and commodious quarters, which he has rendered very attractive by an exquisite taste in design and arrangement.  In 1884 he obtained control of the FLorida Disptch, Farmer & Fruit Grower, which he has continued to publsh.  In 1888 he established the Florida Trade Journal, which has continued to be a leading commercial paper.  Since 1892 his business is known as the Da Costa Printing Company.  Besides their own publications they issue at least sixteen others, consisting of newspapers, journals, and periodicals.  Book-binding and blank-book manufacture are also among their specialties.  One of their most artistic achievements is the style and make of Webb's Jacksonville Directory, which has been added to their list of publications.  In 1889 Mr. DaCosta was first elected Public Printer for the State.  Then he bought the Tallahassee Floridian, the oldest paper in the State, and during the session of the Legislature that year ran it successfully as a daily.  In 1891 he was appointed as Alderman of Jacksonville by Governor Fleming, and in 1893, when the elective system returned, he was eleced to the same position from his Ward, and is a member of the important Committee on Laws and Rules.  He is full of public spirit, progressive, and enterprising.  He holds membership in the Board of Trade, the Seminole Club, the Masonic Order, Elks, etc., and is -- a bachelor.



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