List of University of Florida Honorary Degree Recipients - Honorary Degree Recipients, 1909–25

Honorary Degree Recipients, 1909–25

Recipient Year/Degree Notability
1909 D.D. Andrew W. Sledd became the first president of the modern University of Florida following the consolidation of Florida's state institutions of higher education by the Buckman Act in 1905, and served from 1905 to 1909. He was an ordained Methodist minister and a noted Greek, Latin and biblical scholar. Sledd subsequently served as the president of Southern University (1910–14), and the first Professor of New Testament Literature at Emory University's Candler School of Theology (1914–39).
William F. Blackman 1910 LL.D. William F. Blackman was the president of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
Thomas M. Shackleford 1910 LL.D. Thomas M. Shackleford was an associate justice of the Florida Supreme Court for fifteen years from 1902 to 1917.
Albert H. Walker 1916 Litt.D. Albert H. Walker was the director of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, Florida.
William S. Currell 1916 LL.D. William Spencer Currell was the president of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.
Edward R. Flint 1919 LL.D. Edward Rawson Flint was the first professor of chemistry at the University of Florida, and later served as the Inspector of Land Grant Colleges from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Fons A. Hathaway 1919 LL.D. Fons A. Hathaway was the Superintendent of Public Instruction of Duval County, Florida. Hathaway graduated from Florida Agricultural College with a bachelor of arts degrees (A.B.) in 1902.
George M. Ward 1919 LL.D. George Morgan Ward was the acting president of Rollins College, and a member of its board of trustees.
Peter H. Rolfs 1920 D.Sc. Peter Henry Rolfs was the dean of the University of Florida College of Agriculture and the director of its Experiment Station. Rolfs later served as the director of a state college in Brazil.
1921 LL.D. P.K. Yonge was the president of Southern States Lumber Company of Pensacola. In his role as a long-time member and chairman of the Florida Board of Control (1910–17 and 1922–32), Yonge was responsible for guiding the consolidation, early growth and evolution of the University of Florida.
1923 LL.D. Nathan P. Bryan was the chairman of the Florida Board of Control, a U.S. Senator from Florida from 1911 to 1917, and a U.S. District Court judge in New Orleans. As chairman of the Board of Control, Bryan helped guide the consolidation and early growth of the University of the State of Florida.
1923 LL.D. William Jennings Bryan was a prominent statesman, lawyer, Presbyterian churchman and lecturer. Bryan was a two-term U.S. Representative from Nebraska, the Democratic Party nominee for U.S. President in 1896, 1900 and 1908, and the first U.S. Secretary of State in Woodrow Wilson's administration from 1913 to 1915. As a lawyer and special prosecutor, he also represented the State of Tennessee in the Scopes Trial in 1925. Bryan was a personal friend of university president Albert A. Murphree, and as a supporter of the university, he chaired the campaign to raise funds for the construction of the Florida Union.
Harvey Warren Cox 1923 LL.D. Harvey W. Cox was a University of Florida professor of philosophy from 1911 from 1920, and dean of the university's Teachers College from 1916 to 1920.

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