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William Haydon Burns (March 17, 1912 - November 22, 1987) was the thirty-fifth governor of Florida. He was also mayor of the city of Jacksonville, Florida from 1949 to 1965. March 17 is the 76th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (77th in Leap years). ... 1912 is a leap year starting on Monday. ... November 22 is the 326th day (327th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... List of Governors of Florida: Florida Governors Military Government Territorial Government Statehood Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of Florida | Government of Florida ... State nickname: Sunshine State Other U.S. States Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Governor Jeb Bush Official languages English Area 170,451 km² (22nd)  - Land 137,374 km²  - Water 30,486 km² (17. ... The designation for the chief executive for the city of Jacksonville is mayor. ... The Jacksonville skyline and the Acosta Bridge. ... 1949 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ...

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Early life

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Haydon Burn's family moved to Jacksonville in 1922, where he attened Jackson High School before going on to attend Babson College in Needham, Massachusetts. Before the outbreak of World War II he was an appliance salesman and a flight school operator. During the war, he join the U.S. Navy and was posted as a technical officer in the office of the Secretary of the Navy. Following the war, he returned to Jacksonville and began a public relations and business consulting firm. Chicago, Illinois — officially the City of Chicago and colloquially known as Chicago, the Second City and the Windy City — is the third largest city of the United States after New York City and Los Angeles and is the largest inland city of the nation. ... The Jacksonville skyline and the Acosta Bridge. ... 1922 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Babson College was founded by Roger Babson, a businessman and writer. ... Needham is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km (over 11 miles) into the air, August 9, 1945 after the Allied atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Flag of the United States Secretary of the Navy. ... The Jacksonville skyline and the Acosta Bridge. ...


Mayor of Jacksonville

In 1949, he was elected to his first term as mayor of Jacksonville. He was elected to four more terms as mayor, longer than any other mayor of Jacksonville to date. During his time in the mayor's office, he oversaw massive growth in Jacksonville. He promoted the city around the world in an attempt to lure international investment and to get corporation to relocate office to the city. He commissioned the production of a slide show called "The Jacksonville Story", hundreds of audiences saw it around the world. The American National Exhibit showed a film version in the Soviet Union. Burns personally made presentations at The Hague and in Israel. He made "The Jacksonville Story" known from coast to coast,and so was Jacksonville's mayor. He was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, president of the Florida League of Municipalities, and delegate to the International Congress of Municipalities. While mayor, he won tax breaks for insurance companies and Prudential Insurance relocated from New Jersey to a skyscraper in Jacksonville. Other insurance companies followed, Jacksonville became known as the insurance capital of the South. A new courthouse and City Hall were built on the site of rotten wharves, and a long-promised Civic Auditorium was built on the river. A coliseum and a new baseball park made the city thouroughly modern. The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, today CSX, moved from Wilmington, North Carolina to the Jacksonville riverfront. The world's largest Sears Roebuck store opened on what once was a skid row. A modern expressway system took shape and the city got a Triple A baseball franchise and a hockey team. Also during his time as mayor, there were many problems in the city. The city's police department was ridden with scandal, multiple grand jury indictments were handed down on public officials all around him, and the city's public school system was disaccredited. He left the mayor's office in 1965, only to become governor of Florida. 1949 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... A mayor (from the Latin maÄ«or, meaning larger,greater) is the politician who serves as chief executive official of some types of municipalities. ... The Jacksonville skyline and the Acosta Bridge. ... The Jacksonville skyline and the Acosta Bridge. ... The Jacksonville skyline and the Acosta Bridge. ... Arms of The Hague The Hague (with capital T; Dutch: Den Haag, or officially s-Gravenhage) is the administrative capital of the Netherlands, located in the west of the country, in the province South Holland of which it is also the capital. ... Prudential Assurance Company Ltd, now part of Prudential Plc, was for many years the dominant life assurance company in the UK. Prudential was founded on 30 May 1848 in Hatton Garden, London. ... State nickname: The Garden State Other U.S. States Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Governor Richard Codey (acting) Official languages None defined Area 22,608 km² (47th)  - Land 19,231 km²  - Water 3,378 km² (14. ... Taipei 101, the worlds tallest skyscraper by roof height on high rise. ... The Jacksonville skyline and the Acosta Bridge. ... The Jacksonville skyline and the Acosta Bridge. ... The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (AAR reporting mark ACL) was an American railroad that existed between 1880s and 1967, when it merged with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, its longtime rival, to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. ... Categories: Companies traded on NYSE | Railway companies of the United States | Alabama railroads | Connecticut railroads | Delaware railroads | Florida current railroads | Georgia railroads | Illinois railroads | Indiana railroads | Kentucky railroads | Louisiana railroads | Maryland railroads | Massachusetts railroads | Michigan railroads | Mississippi railroads | New Jersey railroads | New York railroads | North Carolina railroads | Ohio railroads | Pennsylvania... For other places called Wilmington, see Wilmington Wilmington is a city located in New Hanover County, North Carolina. ... Sears, Roebuck and Company (NYSE: S) was founded in Chicago, Illinois as a catalog merchandiser in 1886 by Richard Sears and Alvah Roebuck. ... A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor leagues are baseball leagues which are at a lower pay level and generally play in smaller cities and towns than Major League Baseball. ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... State nickname: Sunshine State Other U.S. States Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Governor Jeb Bush Official languages English Area 170,451 km² (22nd)  - Land 137,374 km²  - Water 30,486 km² (17. ...


Governorship

Burns was sworn in as governor on January 5, 1965, to serve an abbreviated two year term. This short term came about because the cycle of gubernatorial elections was changed so as not to coincide with presidential election years. While in office, he oversaw progress in the development of a new state constitution, as well as new areas of outdoor recreation and industry. He left office on January 3, 1967 as the first Democratic Governor of Florida in history to be succeeded by a Republican. January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Post-governorship

After his term ended, the governor returned to private business consulting in Jacksonville. In 1971, he made an unsuccessful attempt to be reelected mayor. As time went by, many of Burn's accomplishment for the city of Jacksonville were forgotten. Many of the projects that he help to create, such as the city's civic auditorium, baseball field, city hall, and coliseum have all been replaced with newer structures. However, his work for the city's growth remains evident today. Haydon Burns remained in Jacksonville until his death in 1987. The Jacksonville skyline and the Acosta Bridge. ... 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... The Jacksonville skyline and the Acosta Bridge. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


External links

Official Governor's portrait and biography from the State of Florida

Preceded by:
C. Farris Bryant
Governor of Florida Succeeded by:
Claude R. Kirk, Jr.
Preceded by:
Frank Whitehead
Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida Succeeded by:
Lou Ritter

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William Haydon Burns (March 17, 1912 - November 22, 1987) was the thirty-fifth governor of Florida.
Burns was sworn in as governor on January 5, 1965, to serve an abbreviated two year term.
Haydon Burns remained in Jacksonville until his death in 1987.
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