Ion L. Farris
Ion L. Farris was a Democratic candidate in Florida's 1916
gubernatorial race. Farris was supported in his candidacy by James M.
Carson. Farris ran with the "Back to Broward" campaign slogan,
supporting large scale drainage of the Everglades and development of the
new lands. Farris lost in the primary, but he did publicize the drainage
matter, forcing the other candidates to address the issue.
Biography prepared by Ruthanne Vogel, University of
Excerpt from essay by Ion
"I shall, if it is within my
power, see that some of the land in the Everglades -- as large a tract as
possible -- is drained and reclaimed completely, and at once. This
is utterly necessary in order that public confidence in Florida and
elsewhere shall be reestablished and the effect of all the unfavorable
publicity which Florida has received on account of mismanagement of
Everglades affairs counteracted so far as that be possible."
Photograph of Judge Farris printed in Times-Union, March 19,
Photo courtesy of
University of Miami Libraries, James M