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Doggett, John L.

    The Doggetts spring from one of the most ancient families of Great Britain, where they were known also as Doget and Daggett.  As early as the twelfth century they were among the landed gentry resident at Groten, England, and are traced through all the succeeding centuries as being prominent in politics, the military and the arts.  The original immigrant to this country, Thomas Doggett, came over in the Primrose with John Winthrop, first Governor of Massachusetts, and became prominent in Colonial affairs.  John Locke Doggett, grand-father of this subject, after graduating from Brown University, removed to Florida from Taunton, Mass., about the year 1820, and was one of the first settlers in Jacksonville now stands.  This lady was descended from the famous Fuller family, the original immigrant of which came over in the Mayflower.  John L. Doggett became one of the most prominent men in Florida.  He built the first Court House in Duval COunty on the site of the present one, and was the first Judge of this Circuit.  He was a member of the Legislature for years, and President of that body.  When he died in 1844 it was asid of him, "Eminent in everyr excellence, he lived and died without an enemy."

    John Locke, subject of this sketch, was born in Jacksonville, March 14th, 1868.  His father was Jude Aristides Doggett, son of Judge John L.  As soldier, jurist and judge he wa distinguished for his ability and integrity.  The mother of Mr. Doggett, Anna T. Cleland, born on the isle of Jamaica, W. I., was allied by blood to many distiinguished families, being a grand-daughter of Colonel Turnbull, the original settler of New Smyrna, and a distinguished pioneer in Florida, and a grand-niece of John Marshall, first Chief Justice of the United States.  Mr. Doggett was early placed at school in the Convent of St. Joseph, in Jacksonville; afterwards he attended the Florida Military Institute, and subsequently the East Florida Seminary, at Gainesville.  In 1884 he entered the University of the South, at Sewanee, Tenn., where after three years he graduated.  He continued his course of law-reading in his father's office, and in 1889 was appointed Clerk of the Criminal Court for Duval County.  He was re-elected in 1890 and 1892.  In the meanwhile he was admitted to the bar, and has steadily increased his practice.  In 1889 he was elected Captain of the Jacksonville Light Infantry, and made an able officer.  At an inter-State drill at Jacksonville, in 1889, in which the military of several States participated, he was presented with a handsome jewel-hilted sword in a competition for the most popular officer.  He was married June 10th, 1890, to Miss Carrie M. Van Deman, of this City.  They have two children, Carita and John Locke, Jr.  Though only twenty-six years of age, Mr. Doggett has made a record of which he may be justly proud, and the future opens brightly before him.
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