|John P. Beckwith
Florida East Coast Railway
(June 24, 1858 - past 1914)
John P. Beckwith, was the traffic manager of the Florida East Coast railway. He was born in Plymouth, Washington
county, N. C. on June 24, 1858. He was the son of Thomas and Lina (Phelps) Beckwith. Mr. Beckwith was educated in
the common schools of North Carolina.
His father had an early death so at the age of 14 John went to work. He was employed at different jobs until 1880, he
went to work with the North Carolina Railway at Durham, North Carolina, as clerk and ticket agent (later part of the
Southern system). In 1882 he went north to Cincinnati as a clerk in the general offices of the Cincinnati Southern. But in
1883 he returned southto Florida as general agent for the Central of Georgia railway and the Ocean Steam Ship
company. From 1892-94 he was general freight agent of the Jacksonville, Tampa & Key West railway, and in 1894-96
general freight and passenger agent of the Ocean Steam Ship company of New York. In 1896 he became traffic
manager of the Florida East Coast railway with headquarters at St. Augustine, January 1, 1909, he was elected fourth
vice president of this railroad, and since January 1, 1910, has been vice president in charge of operation and traffic.
Mr. Beckwith would move to Jacksonville Florida in the later years of his life.
Mr. Beckwith is a democrat in politics and a member of the Episcopal Church. On September 25, 1883 he married
Sadie Nagle Boyer, who was born in Reading, Pennsylvania. They have two children, Thomas L., who married Helen
Kenworthy; and Florence Marie, wife of William G. Lockwood,, and mother of a daughter, Florence Beckwith
|The east coast of Florida is paradise regained.
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