Date in History:
1913 - Henry Morrison Flagler, founder of the Standard Oil Company and the Florida East Coast Railroad and Hotel Company died at his home in West Palm Beach at the age of 83 on this date. Flagler single-handedly accelerated and facilitated the development of Florida with the construction of the FEC railway and an elaborate hotel system along Florida’s coast designed to bring the wealthiest visitors to Florida. One year earlier Flagler witnessed the completion of his Overseas Railway connecting Miami with Key West via a series of bridges, an incredible engineering feat even today. Flagler was entombed with his family at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine.